Govt sincere in passing Lokpal Bill: President

Backing Centre`s efforts to tackle corruption, President Pratibha Patil said the govt was sincere in passing the Jan Lokpal Bill.

On Board Special Aircraft: Backing Centre`s
efforts to tackle corruption, President Pratibha Patil on Thursday
said the government was sincere in passing the Jan Lokpal
Bill.

"Definitely, that is the best way. And it should happen
that way. I feel so," Patil said on board Air India One
special aircraft, while returning from an eight-day State
Visit to Switzerland and Austria.

President was responding to a question about whether the
fight against corruption should be led by parliamentary
democracy.

"Government of India is taking a lot of measures. The
Bill is before the House and the government is very sincere in
passing the Lokpal Bill and bringing it into force," she said.

"There is no doubt about it," the President added.

A lot of other measures are being taken, she said, citing
the example of RTI.

President said that "despite such a big country, India is
implementing RTI, which is very important thing."

She also talked about the Amending Protocol to Double
Taxation Treaty inked with Switzerland recently.

"India is very keen on it... I took up the issue with
Switzerland also. So all measures which are necessary to curb
corruption and combat corruption, the government of India
taking and that is why India is actively considering becoming
a member of International Anti-corruption Academy," she said.

PTI

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