"There is now a surge of expectation from an increasingly empowered and articulate public, for more responsive, transparent, participative, clean and efficient governance," Singh said, inaugurating the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here, attended by the Indian diaspora.
His remarks apparently come against the backdrop of the nationwide outcry and outrage over various issues, including corruption and the recent Delhi gangrape incident.
Singh said the government was "determined to turn any setback into an opportunity to improve legal and regulatory frameworks."
"I have no doubt that the energy and the passions of our citizens, particularly our youth, will be a force of positive change in our country," he told the gathering where the Mauritius President Rajkeshwur Purryag was the chief guest.
Singh's remarks apparently come against the backdrop of the nationwide outcry and outrage over various issues, including corruption and the recent Delhi gangrape incident.
Singh told the Indian diaspora that despite an impressiveeconomic performance and change on an enormous scale in the past two decades, the country faced persisting challenges of poverty, equity, sustainability and opportunity.
"Vulnerable sections of society, including our women, face enduring prejudices and continuing problems in a rapidly changing India," he said.
Noting that the world economy has had to deal with the two major financial crises emanating from the developed world in the last four years, Singh said the Indian economy has not been immune to the consequences.
"From an impressive average annual GDP growth rate of over eight per cent between 2004-2010, our growth declined to 6.5 per cent in 2011-12 and may fall below six per cent in the current year," he said.
The Prime Minister said despite domestic constraints and challenges, the government was confident that the country's strong economic fundamentals backed by sound policies, would enable it to return to a higher growth path.
He said government had recently taken a number of steps to boost domestic and foreign investment, accelerate project implementation and reform capital markets and the tax system.
Referring to the 12th five year plan, approved recently, with an "ambition" to sustain eight per cent annual economic growth, Singh said this required enormous resources, reforms in policies and institutions and new models of public-private partnerships, among others.
"New approaches will be needed to address challenges like infrastructure, education, energy, water and agriculture."
Lauding the role of the Indian expatriates, who had become more vulnerable to economic crises, conflicts, civil unrest or "senseless hate crimes", Singh said at a time of turbulence in many parts of the world, safety and security of Indian overseas communities was uppermost in "our minds."
Though the primary responsibility of safety and security of overseas Indian communities rest with the host countries, "when needed, as was the case, last year in Libya, our government will provide prompt and necessary assistance, the Prime Minister said.
He said the government will do "all that is possible" to deepen the connection of Indians overseas with India and advance their interests while inviting them to be a vital partner and participant in India's social and economic development.
The Mauritius President recalled the strong cultural bond between his country and India. "The destiny of India and the destiny of diaspora are in many ways intertwined," he said.
An annual event being held since January 2003, the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention is the flagship event of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to connect India to its vast Indian diaspora and bringing their knowledge, expertise and skills on a common platform.
UPA government policies towards common man has failed .Government has betrayed common man.People are suffering because of price rise,high inflation,fuel hikes and jobs lost.PM promise is just a gimmick in government strategy.Early elections should be called for and definitely people has lost all hopes on UPA government.
OPPORTUNITY FOR WHOM?MMS OR SONIA OR RAHUL OR ROBERT WADRA(Thro' Huda) OR Mr Q OF ITALY(Thro'H.Bhardwaj)OR DELHI GOV(Thro'CWG)or COALGATE EXPERT MINISTER OR BENEFICIARIES OF 2G,CWG,COALGATE and innumerable SCAMS?Aam Aadami is not seen anywhere in this list.In this MMS/Sonia-Raj "KING(Read congress-member) DOES NO WRONG"
The policies and misgovernance of Sonia Congress led UPA government has caused setback to the society and failed the nation. Only transparent paper record verifiable elections, if EVMs are used, can help elect a people's government and protect democracy from election manipulations electronically.
THIS GOVT. IS ACTUALLY DETERMINED TO FOOL EVERYBODY.
Typical speech , written by some clever speech-writer suited to the occasion, and delivered by a bureaucrat-turned-politician who heads a paralysed goverment at the centre. People have no choice but to become articulate because they have reached the end of their tether trying bear the daily bombardment of problems, lack of governance, official apathy, lack of minimum public facilities, rising crime, rising cost of living, corruption in almost every section of government departments etc etc. This situation is a result of mis-governance over the last 60 odd years by a powerful cartel of politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and criminals who have corrupted India to the core. Now this same cartel is singing a new Mantra "providing governance for empowered & articulate India" and wish to perpetuate their misrule. If India is to really progress, we need a paradigm change - not one party replacing another in every election, giving new promises and continuing to defraud the Indian public.
it is too late for the present PM to turn problems in possibilities. PP and his party should ask for a new mandate as soon as possible and start from start. India has no hope if the economic growth is not in double digit for at least 15 years.
Mr.PM should understand that its not a sudden surge of expectations from public but infact its the last straw of patience for public.
Mrs Indira Gandhi fooled the poor people to win the election with slogan "Garibi Hatao". THE gap between the poor and rich has only galloped since then. The present UPA government has come up with the idea declaring anyone earning and spending about Rs 28/-per day is not poor. If declaring is all that it takes to eradicate poor,the government only needs to lower the figure of 28 further and sit pretty saying there are no poor in our country.People no longer are not interested in whether government is determined to do this or that, but want action and performance on the ground in support of the achievements.