New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that there was no governance deficit and significant decisions were being taken by the government.
"There are no policy lapses. There is an attempt to paralyse government, an attempt to show as if the government is not looking forward. That is not correct. Decisions have been taken at each cabinet meeting. If you look, you will find that we have taken significant decisions," he told reporters.
The Home Minister expressed happiness over return of Congress president Sonia Gandhi from abroad after receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.
"We are very happy. I am delighted that within days after returning to India she has presided over the meeting of Uttar Pradesh Election Committee," he said.
Chidambaram was talking to reporters after conferring the Lakshmipat Singhania-IIM Lucknow National Leadership Awards here.
The awards, which comprise a trophy and a citation, were given to leaders who have performed outstandingly in the fields of business, science & technology and community service and social uplift.
Leading private sector bank HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh and managing director of Bajaj Auto Rajiv Bajaj received awards as leader and young leader respectively in the business category.
Dr Roddam Narasimha, chairman, Engineering Mechanics Unit, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research was conferred Leader Award and the young leader Award was given to Dr Amitabh Joshi, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Science and Technology.
The Home Minister honoured Dr Uma Tuli, Founder Managing Secretary, Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust and Dr Akhil Paul, Director, SENSE International and Vice President, Deaf & Blind international as leader and young leader respectively for their roles in community service and social uplift.
While felicitating them, Chidambaram said, "One must have the courage for conviction. The courage to leave the scene for a successor. All the great leaders had a courage for conviction.”
"Each one of them honoured today had a courage and found an opportunity to take decision, and seize that opportunity and deliver idea for business, or follow the service to pursue excellence and finally leave behind something which next generation will cherish," the Home Minister said.
Chidambaram also released a commemorative book depicting life, leadership and legacy of known businessman late Lala Lakshmipat Singhania.
Hari Shankar Singhania, president, JK Organisation, said, "The National Leadership Awards, meant to encourage and recognise leadership qualities of the eminent Indian individuals, were instituted as a tribute to the astounding leadership quality of Lala Lakshmipat Singhania."