It was “unfortunate” that the lokpal bill could not be passed in Rajya Sabha although the government was committed to an effective anti-corruption law, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
In his New Year message, Singh said he wanted to put behind a “very difficult” year.
Acknowledging that the concern about corruption had moved to the centre stage, he vowed to personally work to provide an "honest and more efficient government".
Singh noted that corruption was a serious problem that needed multi-dimensional response of which lokpal and lokayuktas were an important part, but it would take time to have the effect of the initiatives.
He said, “I want to assure you all on this New Year’s day that I personally will work to provide an honest and more efficient government, a more productive, competitive and robust economy and a more equitable and just social and political order.”
Singh, who was one of the architects of liberalisation initiated in 1991, said the process was aimed at freeing the citizens from the “dead weight” of bureaucracy and corruption.
“Old forms of corruption have vanished, new forms of corruption have emerged which need to be tackled.”
And for that, the Prime Minister said new institutions, such as the lokpal and lokayuktas are important.
In the nine-page message, he, however, said the lokpal and lokayuktas were only one part of the solution.
“We also need reforms in systems of governance which would increase transparency and minimise discretion so that the scope of misgovernance is reduced.”