Prime Minister urged the educated professionals and the country's growing middle class to participate in the electoral process.
He was speaking at the inaugural session of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Election Commission of India.
Addressing the session, Singh said, "There is a genuine concern that politics in our country is not attracting the best and the brightest among our people."
He said that there was general worry that people without sufficient means cannot contest elections.
Singh further said, "The background of many contestants, and quite often the winning ones, does not inspire confidence in the voters. There is no easy answer to these questions."
"I hope in the coming years we will be able to find solutions to these problems by consensus, and in the process improve the quality of our democracy," Manmohan Singh added.