Amritsar:  Noting that corruption is a serious problem requiring a multi-dimensional response, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the UPA government is committed to establishing a strong and effective Lokpal.

His government is determined to deal with corruption in an effective manner, he told an election rally in favour of the party candidate here.
       
Singh said corruption is a "serious problem" which calls for a multi-dimensional response.
      
"To get rid of this disease, efforts at our end are on," he said referring to the steps taken in e-governance to contain the menace.
       
"We are committed for a strong Lokpal. A bill in this regard was passed in the Lok Sabha but got stuck in the Rajya Sabha.
       
"Our party believes that all parties should rise above narrow considertion and contribute in this regard (to have a strong Lokpal)," the Prime Minister said.
       
He said they are hopeful of a strong Lokpal in near future.
       
Singh referred to the Right to Information Act which, he said, had helped in empowerment of the citizens.

(Agencies)