Jaipur: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday
said that the government has made serious attempts to address
the rising expectations of people with regard to governance
and public services and is committed to provide security of
education, nutrition and health to every Indian.
Addressing the tenth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas in Jaipur,
Singh also expressed confidence that some of the legislations
on the agenda of the government will bring similar impacts
like RTI did in bringing transparency in governance.
"We have attempted sincerely to address the rising
expectations of our people with regard to governance and
delivery of public services. The Right to Information Act has
proved to be a powerful instrument of bringing in transparency
"I am confident that some of the other legislations on
these issues, which are now on the national agenda, will make
a similar impact in the years ahead," Singh said.
The Prime Minister said since the Indian civilization and
society has always been inclusive in character, it is only
natural that our political and economic processes have also to
be "inclusive" in their orientation and in their outcome.
He said that the Indian democracy has deepened and gained
in strength and vitality as more and more people from the
disadvantaged sections of our society have secured their
rightful place in our economic and political processes over
the past years.
"We wish to unleash the vast human potential of the many
millions, who for one reason or another, have been on margins
of our society in the past. Our government is committed to
doing so by providing security of education, nutrition and
health to every Indian so that he or she is empowered to live
a life of dignity and well being," he said.
The Prime Minister said his government was committed to
the pursuit of a development strategy which will protect the
environment and the essential life-support systems of the
Singh said though people in India speak in different
languages and follow different faiths, it has a tradition of
assimilating and accommodating diverse traditions, customs,
beliefs and peoples.
"That is what makes Indian society, Indian civilization
endure and flourish," he added.