PM all praise for Vineel Krishna

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday asked the Indian civil servants to set high standards of probity and integrity in their work so as to instill faith and trust in people.

On the occasion of Civil Services Day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, people value the work done by honest and dedicated civil servants and look up to them and the core of the Civil Services was sound and rooted in values of integrity and fair play.

Hailing Malkangiri District Collector R Vineel Krishna who was abducted by Maoists in February, Singh said the spontaneous support of the people of Malkangiri is a pointer to the extent of goodwill that well-meaning civil servants can achieve.

"It is a pity that instances of individual waywardness, of lack of moral courage, and of surrender to pressures and temptations tarnish the image of the Civil Services and lead to immense criticism and dissatisfaction", he said.

Singh asked the Civil Services to set the highest standards of probity and integrity in public and personal life and to create an atmosphere and a work ethic which encourage honesty and integrity.

Singh further said that the civil servants need to continuously update themselves to deal with the newer challenges.

Hinting at introducing Lokpal Bill, Singh said, “We hope to introduce the Lokpal Bill during the Monsoon Session of Parliament”. We are committed to bringing more transparency in public procurement and to ensuring that disinvestment of public utilities and allocation of public resources are done in a manner that best safeguards the interests of the asset-owning public. I urge all civil servants to contribute to our efforts to fight corruption”.