HP against making pvt sector corruption ‘criminal’

Himachal Pradesh is the only state so far which has opposed the proposal to make bribery in private sector a criminal offence by ammending the Indian Penal Code.

Updated: Mar 21, 2012, 16:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh is the only
state so far which has opposed the proposal to make bribery in
private sector a criminal offence by ammending the Indian
Penal Code even as six states have yet to send their comments
on the issue, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

In response to a question, Minister of State for Personal
and Training V Narayanasamy said comments of the 22 state
governments and six Union Territories have been received as on
March 16, 2012 on the proposal to make private sector bribery
an offence.

Comments from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh,
Orissa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Union Territory of
Puducherry have not been received by March 16.

All states except Himachal Pradesh have supported the
proposal, the Minister said adding "the state government has
conveyed its disagreement with the proposed amendment to IPC."

He said the Jammu and Kashmir government had conveyed
that "proposed amendment will be a step forward in enlarging
the ambit of the Penal Code to cover the private sector as
well. In fact, the state government is considering amendment
on similar lines in the Ranbir Penal Code applicable to the
state of Jammu and Kashmir."

Other states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu while agreeing
with the proposal have suggested measures to make the
amendment even more stringent and bring clarity on some
issues, the Minister said.

PTI