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August 22, 2011 / ANI, Kolkata / DC.
Stating that there was no magic wand to eliminate corruption immediately, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, said on Monday, that his government will come up with a systematic way to deal with the menace.
Addressing students and faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, Dr. Singh said the government would do everything in its power to fight corruption.
“The government is serious about removing corruption. The Lokpal Bill is with the Parliamentary Standing Committee. I have invited individuals to make their concerns clear on the Lokpal Bill,” said Singh.
He further emphasized that there was a need for the introduction of strong procedures to combat corruption.
“The government is open to having a debate on amendments required in the Lokpal Bill. Strong procedures are needed to combat corruption. Restructuring government procedures and structures is of utmost importance. We need thorough reforms. The government has no problems on having a debate on the various provisions of the Lokpal Bill,” Manmohan said, adding that the government should provide a Bill that benefits the common man in the short and long term.
The Prime Minister’s statement came even as social activist Anna Hazare’s fast for an effective Jan Lokpal Bill entered its seventh day on Monday.
Addressing media, civil society activist Arvind Kejriwal, when asked if there had been any parleys between the government and Team Anna, said: “Where should we go and whom should we meet.”
“The future strategy is for the government to tell. Right now, there is nothing on the agenda. Nobody has approached us,” he added.
Giving an update on Hazare’s health, he said the 74- year-old social activist had lost five kilograms as of now and that infection in his blood and urine had been traced. He added that a health check-up is being done on him.
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