Today's press conference will be Dr. Singh's second such interaction with the media in his second term as the Prime Minister, which began in May 2009. He had addressed a press conference during his first term (2004-2009).
The cycle of economic growth is turning for the better, says Manmohan Singh at a special address in Delhi. We made the growth process more socially inclusive than it was ever before, he adds.
In 2004, I committed our government to what I said for rural India, we have delivered on that promise. The number of people below the poverty line has come down by 13.9 crores. We achieved a growth rate of 9% during UPA 1
Average economic growth during UPA I & II at 7.7%, he said. Read here
Poverty recorded steepest fall in UPA regime since 2004, he added. Read here
However, we have been unsuccessful in controling inflation as much as we would have liked to.
Talking about the corruption allegations, 2G scam in specific, he says, "We are deeply committed to the objective of curbing corruption."
Singh points out to the implementation of the RTI act, "Most of you have been routinely using RTI to access govt documents,which was not possible earlier.
In a few months I will be handing the baton to a new Prime Minister, and I hope it will be a UPA chosen leader.
Congress PM candidate will be announced at the appropriate time, says the current prime minister.
On being questioned on the corruption charges, he says, "Most of these charges concern to UPA 1, and we went to the electorate on the basis of our performance during UPA 1. Whether these issues which have been raised by media, CAG, courts, one must not forget they belong to period not of UPA 2 but the previous five years."
He called corruption a monster. Read here
Talking about his regrets, the PM, says, "I feel somewhat sad, because I was the one who insisted that spectrum allocations should be transparent and fair."
I have every reason to believe that when history of this period is written we will come out unscathed, says Singh.
On the question, that if he ever considered resigning, Singh says, "I have never felt like resigning anytime, have always enjoyed my work, worked with integrity." Read here
Addressing the question on price rise, he explains, "International factors have made it impossible for us to control costs." He further admits that price rise is the reason that the people have turned away from the Congress. Read more here
The prime minister backs Rahul Gandhi's stance on key issues.
On relationship with US, he says: There have been recently some hiccups,but these are temporary aberrations, diplomacy should be given a chance. Row over diplomat won't hit Indo-US ties. Read here
I have to tried to serve this country with dedication. Never used my office to enrich my relatives or friends, says the PM
On being accused of inaction on key issues during his term, he says, "I honestly believe that history will be kinder to me that the media."
On being asked about his support for Rahul Gandhi, "I sincerely believe that the next prime minister will be from the UPA. And without commenting on the credentials of Narendra Modi, I feel it will be disastrous for the country if he became the prime minister." Read more here
Sonia gandhi's support has be enormous in dealing with complex issues and has backed me up.
On Pakistan, he says, "I would like to visit Pakistan, under right circumstances, hopefully, before the end of my tenure." Read more here
"I would have been very happy to have Rahul Gandhi as part of the government, but he wanted to fulfil party duties instead," he says.
He also added, "Rahul Gandhi has outstanding credentials to be a Prime Minister." Read here
Also speaking of his retirement while confirming that would not seek another term, he said, "Not made retirement plans." Read more here
On the success of AAP party, he says, "People of India have shown confidence in AAP, we must respect the democratic process."
He added, "Indian democracy has been strengthened." Read here
BJP claims the PM is being closely followed by the people and reiterated it will be his last press conference. Read here
The nuclear deal with the US to end the nuclear apartheid is perhaps the best moment of my tenure as the PM. Read more here
On the question of the 1984 Sikh riots, Singh commented, "Our govt has done quite a lot. I have even publicly apologised to Sikhs for the 1984 riots."
He further added, "One can never give adequate compensation for loss of valuable lives, but where ever it was possible we gave compensation."
UPA govt showed Congress can run a coalition government, says the prime minister