Singh also emphasised on the need to build gender equality. "Our society has not been fair to women," lamented Prime Minister. Singh raised women's issues at the National Development Council meet in New Delhi on Thursday, Dec 27.
Singh's comments came close on the heels of protests across the country demanding better safety measures for women. Protests across the country were triggered after a 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang-raped by a group of six men in a moving bus in New Delhi. Currently, her condition is critical.
The victim has been flown to Singapore on late Wednesday night. Doctors at Safdrajung Hospital in New Delhi, where she was undergoing her treatment before moving to Singapore, said that the victim suffered cardiac arrests late Tuesday night.
Singh spoke at length about Indian economy at the meet. He raised alarm bells regarding critical conditions of the economy. "We are still a low income country, we need 20 years of rapid growth to bring it to a middle level," said Prime Minister.
Singh rued the presence of large-scale corruption in government programmes.
"Both Centre and states face resource constraints. We need to increase the tax ratio as a percentage of GDP," said PM. He suggested that Centre and states should create an economic system where industries can grow. "Agriculture is of prime importance for our government. Improvement of agriculture is essential for growth of the country," added Singh.
"Growth in manufacturing should be in double digits but that is yet to happen," Prime Minister stressed.