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Friday October 21, 2011 06:57:56 PM, IANS

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Institution of a "strong and effective" Lokpal, reducing discretionary powers of public authorities and ensuring transparency in government contracts were on top of his government's agenda, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday. He also stressed that the nation must "seize this moment" 

New Delhi: 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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