Lack of political consensus is hampering economic growth: Singh
While greeting people on the anniversary of independence, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the nation would achieve true independence only by banishing poverty, illiteracy, hunger and backwardness from the land.
SINGH, 79, while addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort
on the occasion of 66th Independence Day, renewed his government's commitment to transparecy and accountability and expressed his happiness for the Lok Sabha having cleared the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill and appealed all political parties to pass the bill in the Rajya Sabha. "We will continue our efforts to bring more transparency and accountability in the work of public servants and to reduce corruption," said Singh.
Singh, in his half-an-hour long speech while stressing the need for introspection to learn from failures and build on successes, made some announcements on national health scheme and electrification, undertaking skill development and assessment of teachers. "Time has now come to view the issues which affect our development processes as matters of national security," he said.
For dealing with the violence in Assam, PM promised to look into the causes to ensure that such incidents aren't repeated. According to Singh, the country's economic growth is hampered due to the lack of lack of political consensus on several issues like FDI in retail.
Singh concluding his speech said that no power in the world could stop our country from achieving new heights of progress and development if we worked together as one people for the success of our country. "Let us once more resolve that we will continue to work for a progressive, modern and prosperous India," he urged.