PM lists out steps to fight corruption

October 21st, 2011 - 7:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday listed out a series of steps the government is taking to fight corruption in the country and said the nation should seize the moment to put an end to this malaise”

# Government is working on ways and means to minimize discretionary powers of public authorities. It is being considered by a Group of Ministers.

# The same Group of Ministers is also looking at the issue of a public procurement law to minimize irregularities in the award of government contracts worth thousands of crores of rupees every year.

# India ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in June 2011. It will strengthen India’s anti-corruption efforts and facilitate international cooperation in trans-border cases.

# A bill has been introduced in parliament to make bribery of foreign public officials an offence.

# Government considering changes in laws to criminalize private sector bribery.

# Another bill introduced to provide protection to whistleblowers.

# The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill has also been introduced in parliament.

# If an authority refuses to grant permission for investigation or sanction for prosecution, reasons for such denial would have to be informed to the next higher authority.

# To reduce pendency of CBI cases under trial, government will set up a committee under a retired Supreme Court judge to review cases pending trial that are more than ten years old and suggest ways and means for their speedy disposal.

# The Government has sanctioned 71 Special Courts for CBI to fast-track trial of cases of those indicted by the CBI.

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