New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said it was
"fully alive" and committed to the policy of zero tolerance
for eradicating corruption from the country.
"Corruption thrives where transparency is lacking,
procedures are complicated, discretion of a high order is
permitted and where there is a demand supply gap. The Central
Government is tackling these situations by encouraging greater
transparency, introducing simplified procedures reducing scope
for discretion," Minister of State for Personnel and Public
Grievances V Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha in a written reply.
"The Central government is fully alive and committed to
implement its policy of zero tolerance against corruption and
has taken several steps, in the recent past, to combat
corruption," he said.
However, the Minister noted that the awareness about
corruption in the country has increased in the recent past.
"As no data is maintained, centrally, on the state-wise
number of persons caught for taking bribe/graft, it may not be
possible to conclusively say whether cases of bribe/graft are
on the rise in the country," Narayanasamy said when asked
whether there was an increase in corruption cases.