Govt. accepts recommendations of GoM on corruption

New Delhi, Sep 14 (ANI): The government has accepted the recommendations made by the Group of Ministers (GoM) on corruption in its first report, aimed at fast-tracking of cases against public servants accused of corruption.

The report was accepted on September 6. The government had on January 6 constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to consider measures that can be taken by the government to tackle corruption, under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The terms of reference of the GoM were as under:-

1. To consider all measures, including legislative and administrative, to tackle corruption and improve transparency;

2. In particular, the GoM may consider and advise on the following:-

(a) State funding of elections:

(b) Fast tracking of all cases of public servants accused of corruption:

(c) Ensuring full transparency in public procurement and contracts, including enunciation of public procurement standards and a public procurement policy:

(d) Relinquishing discretionary powers enjoyed by Ministers at the Centre:

(e) Introduction of an open and competitive system of exploiting natural resources:

(f) Amendment to Article 311 of the Constitution to provide for summary proceedings in cases of grave misdemeanor or blatant corruption by public servants: and

(g) Consideration of relevance/need for section 6(A) of the Delhi Special Establishment Act, 1946.

The GOM has so far held five meetings. Based on the deliberations in its first three meetings, the Group of Ministers had submitted its First Report to the Government in April. 2011. After due consideration by DoPT, Cabinet Secretariat and PMO, the Government has, on Tuesday, accepted the recommendations made by the GoM in its First Report with minor changes. (ANI)