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NEW DELHI: Addressing the G-20 International Ministerial meet of Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG), Union Minister, Dr Jitendra Singh on Thursday reiterated India’s resolve against corruption and said that India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to the policy of zero tolerance against corruption and unaccounted money.In pursuance of this, he said, a range of initiatives have been taken by the Modi government over the last six years.Dr Jitendra referred to India’s Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, which the Modi government had amended after thirty years in 2018 to introduce a number of new provisions including criminalizing the act of giving bribe in addition to taking bribe and at the same time, putting in place an effective deterrence for such actions by individuals as well as corporate entities.Dr Singh said, the present Act brought on the directions of Prime Minister Modi aims at checking corruption in big places and striking hard against corporate bribery. It seeks to establish a vicarious liability so that the actual bribe giver is also exposed, he said.The commitment of the present government, said Dr Singh, is to bring in more transparency, more citizen – centricity and more accountability in governance and is indicated by its decisive initiatives to operationalize the institution of the Lokpal in the country.We are also seized of the issue of the accused taking shelter in the foreign country and concealing the proceeds of crime, said Dr Jitendra and conveyed India’s appreciation that the G-20 Anti-Corruption Working Group, together with the help of international organizations, is taking this fight ahead in the right direction.
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