Saddened by corruption, will initiate course correction

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he was saddened by controversies relating to the 2G spectrum allocation and Commonwealth Games procurements and the government will initiate course correction.

“I am certainly saddened by the developments. We will initiate course correction,” the prime minister said in his brief interaction with reporters after releasing a report card of two years of the United Progressive Alliance-II government. He released the report card along with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Speaking at a function to mark the second anniversary of the government at his official residence here, the prime minister said developments relating to the 2G spectrum allocation, procurement matters related to the 2010 Commonwealth Games and similar issues in the states had led concerned citizens to worry about the state of governance and pervasiveness of corruption and his government was committed to take corrective action.

He said in the past several months, a conjunction of several developments relating to the 2G spectrum allocation, procurement and contracting issues related to the Commonwealth Games and similar issues involving state governments have brought public focus on the issue of corruption in public life.

“The developments have caused many concerned citizens to worry about the state of governance and the pervasiveness of corruption. These are legitimate concerns and the UPA government is determined to take corrective action. The due processes of law are already in motion. We are taking steps to prevent such developments in future and reduce discretionary and arbitrary use of power by public officials,” the prime minister said. (IANS)