Grateful to the people of India that he has been given an opportunity to serve, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who turned 77 on Saturday, said he can never repay this debt.
"I am grateful to the people of India that they have given me the unique opportunity to serve them. I complete the first five years, they have given me the opportunity, they have renewed their confidence in me. This is something, I think is a debt, which I never repay," Singh said during a press conference at the conclusion of the third G-20 Summit here.
Born on September 26, 1932 at Gah in Punjab, which is now in the Chakwal District of Pakistan, Singh was responding to a question when a correspondent reminded him of his birthday and wished him on the occasion.
"The only way I can make an effort to repay is to rededicate myself to the service of the people of India for the rest of my life," he said.