New Delhi, Aug 15 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Sunday asked the countrymen to treat the 2010 Commonwealth Games as a national festival, and said the upcoming mega event to be held in the month of October will be a success.
"The Commonwealth Games will start in Delhi after about one and a half months. I am convinced that all our countrymen will treat the Games as a national festival and will leave no stone unturned to make them a success," said Dr Singh addressing the nation from the ramparts of the majestic Red Fort on the 64th Independence Day.
"The successful organisation of Commonwealth Games would be another signal to the world that India is rapidly marching ahead with confidence," he added.
Earlier on Saturday, Dr Singh directed the ministries concerned, the Government of the National Capital Region and the Organizing Committee that all pending works related to 2010 Games should be completed expeditiously and the facilities must meet international standards.
Presiding over a high-level meeting meant to review the preparations for the Commonwealth Games, Dr Singh observed that there had been slippages in the time schedules of some of the construction works and deficiencies observed in some of the works.
The Prime Minister stated that, in the run up to the Games, it was important to gain public confidence by instilling order and carrying out effective supervision of the preparation works.
Emphasising it was very important that as a country, the people should work together to give our honoured guests a warm welcome and a memorable experience of all that our nation has to offer, Dr. Singh said: "Our athletes and sportsmen are training hard and need the full support and encouragement of their fellow Indians."He urged all concerned to work single-mindedly so that the Games could be held in a manner the nation could be justifiably proud of. (ANI)