Sun, 22 Apr 2012 09:18:41 GMT

No witch hunt, take bold decisions: PM to bureaucrats

New Delhi: Asking civil servants to take bold decisions, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said the government would not indulge in "witch hunting" against them in the name of fighting corruption and was committed to protecting the honest.

No witch hunt, take bold decisions: PM to bureaucrats

He also said they should not be affected by the "nature and colour of the political leadership".

"... it should be our endeavour that there is no witch hunting in the name of fighting corruption," the prime minister said while inaugurating the 7th Civil Services Day event here.

"It is our government's commitment to put in place a system and create an environment in which our civil servants are encouraged to be decisive, and no one is harassed for bona fide mistakes of errors of judgment," Manmohan Singh said.

"We stand committed to protecting honest and well meaning civil servants who might have made genuine errors in their work. And I sincerely hope that these intentions of our government are shared by the state governments too," he said.

"On their part, the civil servants in our country should fight the tendency of not taking decisions because of the fear that things might go wrong and they might be penalised for that," Singh stressed.

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