PM promises "pragmatic" solution to corruption

PM went the extra mile to persuade Ramdev not to go ahead with his hunger strike from June 4.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday went the extra mile to persuade yoga guru Ramdev not to
go ahead with his hunger strike from June 4, promising him to
find a "practical and pragmatic" solution to tackle the issue
of corruption.

"This is not a personal issue. We all agree with Ramdev
that corruption is a big problem and that we are committed to
tackling it with all the resources at our disposal," Singh
told reporters on the sidelines of a function at Rashtrapati
The remarks by the Prime Minister came close on the
heels of a letter he had written to Ramdev "welcoming his
constructive suggestions to improve governance".

He also assurged the yoga guru that the government was
"eager to work with you and members of civil society towards
building just and prosperous India".
Informing Ramdev that Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
and his officers would continue to have discussions with him
on the issues that he has raised, Singh hoped in the letter
that "you will now reverse your decision to go on a hunger
strike unto death".

"We will work with Ramdev earnestly in finding a practical
and pragmatic solution to the problem. The question is what is
possible way and what is feasible. There are laws", Singh


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