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If I were prime minister: Ram Tom

India will be holding elections over the course of one month from 16 April.

BBC News asked people from all corners of the world's largest democracy what they would do if they were prime minister.

RAM TOM, 24, JOURNALIST, CHENNAI, TAMIL NADU

Ram Tom
I will ensure a corruption-free government.

People are fed up with the way officials work in government departments. Bribery starts from there.

The laws will be made stringent and accused booked under certain offences will be punished instantly and there won't be any appeals in the court.

Forty-five years will be the retirement age limit for government staff, so that youngsters can be given a chance and government offices can rise to the occasion and match the private sector in terms of work efficiency.

Unnecessary posts at government offices will be removed and taxpayers money will be spent on healthcare, basic infrastructure, education.

By taking the above-said measures, I may not come to power the next time, due to some vested interests acting against me.

But I don't care, at least I can set an example and show the people that 'good governance' is possible, provided it has political will.




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