15 August 2011

15 AUG 2011

President calls for preservation of authority and credibility of Parliament
Aug 15,  8:53 AM

The President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has asserted that there should be no effort consciously or otherwise to erode the authority or credibility of institutions like the Parliament. She called for channelising different shades of public opinion through elected representatives for the formulation of necessary legislation. Addressing the Nation on the eve of 65th Independence Day, President Patil pointed out that any legislation passed by Parliament is an outcome of the collective thinking of members who represent people from all parts of the country and a broad spectrum of political thought.

Expressing anguish that corruption is affecting the nation’s political, economic, cultural and social life, Mrs Patil called for a transparent and accountable system at all levels to curb the menace in a sustainable manner.

Expressing concern over price rise, Mrs Patil said that efforts must be made to find ways and means to soften the impact of inflation, so that the benefits of growth are not blunted.

Pointing out that the majority of population in rural areas is dependent on agriculture; she regretted that agriculture sector is yet to reach full potential. She called for greater use of technology and knowledge support to enhance agricultural productivity.

PM calls for confronting corruption on all fronts
Aug 15,  11:0 AM

The nation is celebrating 65th Independence Day today with the Prime Minister giving a clarion call for confronting corruption on all fronts. Addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort after unfurling the tricolour this morning, Dr. Manmohan Singh reaffirmed government's commitment for a strong Lokpal to prevent corruption in high places. But, he made it clear that resorting to hunger strikes and fast unto death will not help. Top priority to deal with inflation, a transparent law on Land Acquisition, strict vigilance against terrorism and extremism and an education commission are the other highlights of the Prime Minister's speech.
Dealing at length on corruption, Dr. Singh said, no single big step will be able to deal with the menace.
There is need for improving justice delivery system to tackle the menace and a Judicial Accountability Bill has been introduced in Parliament for this. A Public Procurement Legislation is also on the anvil to check corruption in government purchases.
Sharing the concern over the issue, the Prime Minister said while considering the matter an atmosphere should not be created to bring the country's progress into question. Calling for understanding and restraint, Dr. Singh said that the security and integrity of the country will get affected otherwise. One should rise against personal and political interests and build consensus on issues of national importance. Dr. Singh referred to the differences of opinion on the Lokpal Bill and said that those who do not agree with the Bill can put forward their views to Parliament, political parties and the media. But he said only Parliament can decide what type of Lokpal legislation should be enacted. He felt it inappropriate to bring judiciary under the ambit of Lokpal as it would erode its independence.

He, however, said there is a need for a framework in which the judiciary becomes more accountable. And with this aim a Judicial Accountability Bill has been introduced in the Parliament. He said there is a need to improve justice delivery system to punish the corrupt quickly. Saying there is no magic wand to eradicate corruption, he wanted all political parties to stand shoulder to shoulder to fight the menace. The Prime Minister exuded confidence that the fight against corruption will be won only when every citizens cooperate in the battle.
Referring to high inflation, the Prime Minister said the steep hike of the price of petroleum products; food-grains and edible oil in the international markets give rise to inflationary pressure in the country. Though inflation was controlled many times, it has not proved lasting. Dr. Singh assured the nation that the government gives top most priority to arrest rising prices and will continue to monitor the situation to come up with new steps to tackle the problem.
On tension witnessed in some parts of the country over land acquisition for industry, infrastructure and urbanisation, Dr. Singh said though the acquisition is necessary for projects of public interest it should take place in a transparent and fair manner. The interest of those whose livelihood is dependent on the land should be protected.
It should be ensured that no injustice is done to anyone in the process. He said the government wants to replace the 117 year old Land Acquisition law by a new legislation and the draft bill is already prepared and soon it could be introduced in the Parliament.

Calling for second green revolution in agriculture, the Prime Minister said food-grain production went up because of the hard work of the farmers and there is need to implement a Food Security law to step up the output. He assured the farmers that the government will continue to take care of their special needs including easy access to fertilizers, seeds and credit.
Turning to terrorism, Dr. Singh called for fighting the menace jointly by the Central and State governments and common man. He said last month's terrorist attacks in Mumbai have warned that there cannot be any slip in the vigilance. He said the intelligence and security agencies are being steadily strengthened and the process will continue in future. Dr. Manmohan Singh gave an assurance that all possible steps will be taken to overcome the challenge of Naxalism and to eradicate the root cause of the menace.

He said a new scheme for the accelerated development of 60 backward and tribal dominated districts have been started with an outlay of 3300 crore rupees.
Recalling the seven years of his government's performance in sustaining the progress of the nation, the Prime Minister said a lot has been done but more needs to be achieved. People have high aspirations and the young men and women are striving for path breaking achievements. Their energy and enthusiasm should be channelised into nation building activities. The industry should have the opportunity to come up with the new units for productive employment. He warned against climate changes and promised to come up with a monitoring authority to streamline environment clearances to the industry.
The Prime Minister said that the government will focus on health and education, a slum free environment and removal of malnutrition. Dr. Singh said the government has decided to appoint a commission to make recommendations for improvement at all levels of education.
Concluding his speech, he said one must have faith in the democracy, institutions and social ideals and values and above all in oneself. He called upon the people to resolve to build a bright future for the nation.
Earlier, the Prime Minister paid homage at Rajghat, the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi. Elaborated security arrangement was made in the capital with armed security personnel manning Delhi streets to prevent any untoward incidents. 
Celebrations of Independence Day across the nation
Aug 15,  9:20 AM

Independence Day is being celebrated across the country. In Punjab, state level Independence Day function is being held at Amritsar, where Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal will unfurl the national flag. The government will honour 37 persons for their outstanding performance in the fields of bravery, social work, art and culture.

In Haryana, Independence Day functions are being organised at district, tehsil and block headquarters. People have gathered in large numbers to celebrate this historic day.

Madhya Pradesh government has organised a function in Bhopal to celebrate the platinum jubilee of Indian Hockey team's victory over Germany in Berlin Olympic. It was on this day in 1936 that Indian Hockey team crushed Germany 8-1 to win Gold medal in Berlin Olympic.
In Srinagar, the main function will be held at Bakshi Stadium where the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will unfurl the national flag and take salute on the march past.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made throughout the country. The Union Home Ministry has issued a country-wide alert asking states to tighten security at sensitive locations and installations to thwart any attempt of terror strike.

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