New Delhi: In an apparent reminder to civil society activists campaigning for a “strong” Lokpal, President Pratibha Patil said on Sunday that there should be no effort consciously or unconsciously to erode the authority and credibility of institutions such as the Parliament even as she called for corruption to be eliminated. In the context of the campaign by social activists led by Anna Hazare for an all-encompassing Lokpal Bill, she said: “There cannot be just one panacea or remedy to deal with it (corruption) but a system of transparency and accountability should be put in place at various levels and then effectively enforced.”
“Credibility of institutions depends upon their conduct, which must be in accordance with the constitutional framework. We should strengthen them and their ability to take corrective actions, whenever required. There should be no effort, consciously or otherwise, that will lead to the erosion of institutional credibility and authority,” she said.