PM to list his achievements, dispel ‘myth’ about non-performance

New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will finally break his silence by having a formal interaction with the media on Friday morning where he “wants to dispel the myth that nothing has happened in this country,” official sources said.

Manmohan Singh, in his much-anticipated media interaction, will Friday list the achievements of 10 years of UPA’s rule with less focus on politics, official sources said here Thursday.

According to these sources, the prime minister will highlight the progress the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has made since 2004 in the key areas of economic growth, job creation, in controlling inflation and encouraging and supporting small businesses.

The prime minister, in his opening statement, will however not touch upon the rising speculation that he would announce stepping aside to pave way for the anointment of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as prime minister.

According to the sources, the prime minister “wants to dispel the myth that nothing has happened in this country.

“He will explain the rise of inflation and how the government has been able to deal with it,” the source said.

He will also talk about the steps taken by the government on providing a better governance and transparency. “He will also highlight the various anti-corruption measures taken by his government,” the source said.

Manmohan Singh’s second tenure has been blighted by allegations of corruptions and some of its ministers have resigned on corruption charges.

The press conference, at the recently inaugurated National Media Centre, will be attended by 250 media persons, including senior editors, officials said.