In a new year message aimed at positivity, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said he would steer a five-point agenda for governance, urged citizens not to be downcast over a slowing economy and unsettled politics and personally work to provide an honest and more efficient Government.

Referring to the Lokpal bill, the PM said “It was unfortunate that the Bill could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha. However, our Government is committed to the enactment of an effective Lokpal Act”.

Singh wished to put behind a “very difficult year” which have raised questions about the government’s ability to responds to all crisis including Anna Hazare’s agitation getting widespread public support while many scams like 2G spectrum allocation, Adarsh Housing society and Commonwealth Games eroded his administration’s credibility.

Moreover, the PM focused on economic security and the need for rapid growth and adequate job creation while speaking of tackling new forms of corruption that have emerged in the country which need to be eliminated.