Speaking at the FICCI meet, a clean-shaven and business-like Gandhi said: "The biggest issue is corruption. It is bleeding people. It is unacceptable."

Asserting that the UPA government was committed to deal with corruption and push growth, he outlined the steps taken by the UPA government, including enactment of Lokpal, to combat graft.
   
Gandhi talked about the problems of inflation, clearances, accountability and transparency while underlining the need for pushing the growth to alleviate poverty and making the country the largest economy by the time it turns 100 years old.
   
"I am in complete agreement with the need for regulatory system to be rapidly and radically modernised. Frankly, there are no excuses for the length of time required to clear some of these projects. We are fast-moving economy. We cannot allow you to be held back by slow decision-making. Accountability has to be clear, fixed and time-bound," he said addressing the FICCI Annual General Meeting.
    
"The biggest problem is absolute arbitrary powers at all levels of the system. This is what we face.. In India, there are lot of arbitrary powers. The Environment Minister or the Chief Minister can take any decision he wants," he said while responding to concerns of the industry that clearances were holding up projects.
    
"The real issue in all these things, whether land acquisition or environment it is arbitrary power," Gandhi said, while advocating the need for eliminating the system of arbitrary powers.
   
He said the "paradigm" in the country has changed and in this scenario, "we have to build rule-based structure... we have to get used to the new paradigm. We have to move away from the arbitrary idea that a Chief Minister and an Environment Minister can do anything."

(Agencies)

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Corruption is bleeding people, it is unacceptable: Rahul Gandhi

 

New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday termed corruption as the biggest issue that was ‘bleeding people’ and said the UPA government had passed the Lokpal Bill to fight it.

 

Speaking at the FICCI meet, a clean-shaven and business-like Gandhi said: "The biggest issue is corruption. It is bleeding people. It is unacceptable."

 

He said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has faced a lot of criticism, "but it has done more to combat corruption than any other government".

 

Gandhi also said the regulatory system in the country needs to be overhauled.

 

"I also got to learn a lesson. I learnt it is not polite to ask for ordinances to be torn and thrown away in dustbin," Rahul Gandhi added while addressing the function.

 

Gandhi had faced opposition heat when he publicly criticised an ordinance that shielded convicted lawmakers. The ordinance was passed by the cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

 

After Gandhi spoke against the ordinance, the cabinet withdrew the controversial ordinance.

 

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