Don`t focus excessively on negatives: PM to media

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 19:28

New Delhi: Facing the heat over a number of
scams involving the government, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
today asked the media not to "focus excessively on the
negative features" as an impression was going out that India
is a "scam-driven" country.

He invited the media to work with the government to
"revitalize the spirit of rejuvenation, spirit of self
confidence."

Interacting with Editors of TV channels, Singh said,
"during the last couple of months, the media have drawn the
country’s attention to some aberrations whether in the form of
allocation of 2G spectrum, the Commonwealth Games and more
recently some developments in the Space organization, Adarsh
society affairs.

"I think media have played a very important role in
drawing the country’s attention to these issues which
require corrective action."

In this context, he promised to bring to book all the
wrong-doers "regardless of the position they may occupy",
saying the government was "dead serious" about it.

"However, I would like to say that in projecting these
events an impression has gone round that we are a scam-driven
country and that nothing good is happening in our country," he
said.

"In the process, believingly, I think we are weakening
the self-confidence of the people of India. I don`t that it is
in the interest of anybody in our country," Singh said.

The Prime Minister asked Editors not to "focus
excessively on the negative features" relating to the affairs
of the nation even though it was important for the government
to deal with it and take effective action.

"The Media has, as I said, a very important role to play
in a functioning democracy that India is and let us work
together to revitalize the spirit of rejuvenation, spirit of
self confidence that we have problems, but we also have
credible mechanisms to overcome them. We shall overcome, we
shall prevail," the Prime Minister said.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 19:28
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