Friday, October 25, 2013
Honesty unquestioned, but failed to act
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s honesty and integrity is unquestioned. No charge can be slapped against him for any of the scams that have surfaced in his government. Mr. Singh has said that he is prepared to face the CBI as he has nothing to hide in Coalgate, which surfaced when coal ministry was under his command. His preparedness to face the CBI if required itself reflects that he is nowhere involved in Coal scams. The entire nation considers Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the man of honesty and integrity. But at the same time, it is his inaction that has resulted in a number of scams like 2G Spectrum, CWG, Coal and others. Prime Minister is head of all the ministries of the government. He should have close vigil on the functioning of every ministry in his government. He is the head of his Cabinet. Which Cabinet minister is doing what must be in the knowledge of Prime Minister? No scan can take place in a day or two. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is honest and no body questions this, but it does not mean that all his ministers are honest. If that was so, there could be no scam. Prime Minister is the prestige of the nation. He must not be quizzed by the CBI in Coalgate. But his lethargic attitude and gentlemanliness had been exploited by his ministers and bureaucrat in the government. And for that, there may be penalty against him.Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is a world-renowned economist and not only in India but all over the world his authority on economics is unchallenged. Before being the finance minister in the Narshimha Rao government in 1991 for the first time, he had been teacher and governor of Reserve Bank of India. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is also called the father of economic reforms in India. It is he who had been credited to bring a turnaround in economy in 1991. No charge has ever been levelled against him. It is innocence that is reflected in his statement that he is prepared to be questioned by Coalgate under the instruction of Supreme Court. If he had been watchful of the activities going in different ministries and taken action immediately, this situation of loss of face would not have occurred for him. It would be totally unjustified for the opposition to demand CBI investigation into the role of prime minister in the Coalgate.