In a New Year's Eve message, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has promised to "cleanse" the country's governing processes and face the challenges ahead.
He also said that the Indian government will redouble efforts to deal effectively and credibly with the challenges of inflation, national security, and making the country's delivery system work better for the common man.
In a brief statement issued on Friday, Singh said that it was time to take stock of the year gone by and to make a new beginning, The Hindu reported late on Friday.
"We will redouble our efforts to deal effectively and credibly with the challenges of inflation, cleansing our governing processes, national security and making our delivery system work for the common man," Singh said in a New Year message posted on the government website Saturday.
"We need to believe in the resilience of our democracy and its capacity to deal with infirmities and shortcomings through course correction."
Singh has been accused of failing to prevent his telecom minister from selling mobile phone licenses at low prices, costing the country's treasury billions of dollars.
However, the Indian premier has recently expressed his readiness for investigations conducted by a parliamentary panel over the issue.
Daily protests have been held on the floor of the parliament's lower house.
In late December, thousands of people led by India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took to the street of New Delhi to protest against alleged government corruption.
The BJP and its allies have called for more probes into financial irregularities surrounding the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and into a housing scam in Mumbai that forced the Congress state chief minister to resign.
The Indian prime minister indirectly indicated that he is aware of an erosion of public trust but also made it clear that he does not lack the political will to address the malaise of corruption and the related charges dogging the government, Indian media outlets said.