Govt taking measures to uproot institutionalised corruption, says PM

17 Aug 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the Union government was taking steps to uproot corruption that had become institutionalised, and promised more measures to ease the common man's problems.

Addressing over 200 start-up entrepreneurs at 'Champions of Change' programme here, Modi said the government has already ended the systems of interviews for group III and IV employees in the government, ending the role of middlemen, who used to promise jobs for money. "It is unfortunate that corruption had become institutionalised. Till you make a counter institutional arrangement, you cannot stop it," he said at the event organised by Niti Aayog. The Prime Minister said as the middlemen are out of work now, they are the ones who are shouting the most about unemployment.

Modi, who met the entrepreneurs twice in as may days, further said that only governments and their initiatives will not make a New India. "Change will be powered by each and every citizen of India," he stressed. Prodding young entrepreneurs to innovate and suggest solutions to deal with different issues, Modi said he would like Champions of Change event to be an annual feature. The Prime Minister indicated that different groups of entrepreneurs, which were set up to suggest policy initiatives, could be attached with the relevant ministries on a permanent basis.

The Prime Minister said his government has taken numerous measures, like introducing self attestations of certificates and doing away with interviews for lower posts, to ease life of the common man.