India has launched a national anti-corruption campaign to tackle corruption in government
The government has launched an anti-graft drive to combat corruption in its ranks, the first such drive in India since the country went into a two-year shutdown in May last year.
The government launched the anti-corruption drive, dubbed ‘A-G’, in a major move after a series of scams surfaced in the financial sector.
The government will announce a list of public officials and corporate entities that will be given notices of Rs 10,000 for “corrupt” behaviour.
It is a move that has been endorsed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is currently on a four-day visit to the US.
“A-g will provide the right assistance and support to those who have committed corruption and will bring them to book for the crimes they have committed,” the Prime Minister said on Monday.
The move comes in the wake of a series, including a Rs 10 lakh scam that involved two senior bureaucrats of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), which was then the state-owned central bank.
The bank is now under the Ministry of Finance.
The National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NACB), which has already been set up in the Capital Region, will be able to take action against anyone caught in the scam.
“We will go after those who are corrupt.
The NACB will take the necessary steps to stop such persons from committing any offence,” a senior official said.
“This is a very good initiative that will help us in the fight against corruption,” the official added.
The National Public Prosecutors’ Office (NPPAO) has also been set-up in the capital region.
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