Kochi, Apr 6 UNI | 4 months ago

Dismissing the allegation of political parties that the Congress-led UPA government was not trying to check corruption, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said it was the UPA government that had taken more measures than any other government to check it.

''The accusation is completely false. The truth is that we have taken more measures than any other government to contain corruption,'' Dr Singh claimed, while addressing an election campaign for the Congress candidate and Union Minister of State for Food K V Thomas here.

Though the UPA government had tried to enact certain laws against corruption, it could not be implemented because of lack of cooperation from the opposition, he said, adding the people could judge some of the political parties' sincerity about their voice against corruption.

''We wanted to enact a few more laws for fighting corruption. But we could not make these laws because of a total lack of cooperation by the opposition parties in the parliament,'' he said, adding, ''I am placing these facts before you so that you can judge for yourself the reality about some parties which are so vocal against corruption.''

Stating that the Right to Information Act had empowered the common people to know more about the work of government than ever before, he said this had not only increased the possibility of irregularities coming to light, but had also induced fear in those who want to indulge in malpractices.

Stating that Lokpal Act was a major step forward in the battle against corruption, he claimed, ''We have also introduced a system of allocation of natural resources thereby eliminating the possibility of irregularities in the allocation process.''

(Posted on 07-04-2014)