Let us make a new beginning in the year ahead: PM

PM Manmohan Singh asked people to believe in the resilience of democracy in his new year message.

Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010, 22:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking a "new beginning" in
the year ahead, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday night asked
people to believe in the resilience of democracy and its
capacity to deal with infirmities through course correction.

"Let us make a new beginning to the year. Let us
dispel the air of despondency and cynicism," Singh said in his
New Year message, assuring people that he and his government
would work with renewed resolve for their welfare.

Wishing the people a happy New Year, he said, "We will
redouble our efforts to deal effectively and credibly with the
challenges of inflation, cleansing our governing processes,
national security and making our delivery system work for the
aam aadmi.
"We need to believe in the resilience of our democracy
and its capacity to deal with infirmities and shortcomings
through course correction."

The Prime Minister said on the eve of the New Year, it
is an occasion to take stock of the year gone by and of the
challenges that lie ahead.

Dispel air of despondency

Against the backdrop of a series
of scams, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tonight pitched for a
"new beginning" in 2011, saying the "air of despondency"
should be dispelled as efforts would be redoubled to cleanse
the governing processes.

In a new year message, Singh said it was time to take
stock of the year goneby and of the challenges that lie ahead
and asked people to have faith in democracy as it has the
"capacity to deal with infirmities and shortcomings" through
course correction.

"Let us make a new beginning to the year. Let us dispel
the air of despondency and cynicism," he said while wishing
the people a happy new year.

Assuring people that he and his government would work
with renewed resolve for their welfare, he said, "we will
redouble our efforts to deal effectively and credibly with the
challenges of inflation, clearnsing our governing processes,
national security and making our delivery system work for the
aam aadmi."
He underlined the need for believing in the "resilience
of our democracy and its capacity to deal with infirmities and
shortcomings through course correction."

The message from the Prime Minister has come in the
backdrop of several scams like those related to 2G spectrum
allocation and CWG, hitting the government which has put it on
the backfoot.

It has also come at a time when there was growing
concern over the rising inflation and the path ahead for the
Congress-led coalition seemed clearly uphill. There has also been growing concern over rising inflation and prices of essential commodities.

PTI