India ratifies UN Convention Against Corruption

India Thursday ratified UN Convention Against Corruption which will help it deal with the problem of black-money and corruption through legislative and administrative measures.

Last Updated: May 12, 2011, 19:56 PM IST

Kabul: India Thursday ratified UN Convention
Against Corruption which will help it deal with the problem of black-money and corruption through legislative and administrative measures.

The Convention, ratified six years after it was signed
by India, will help the government to seize illicit money and
assets, Indian government officials said.

"India has completed the process of ratification of UN
Convention Against Corruption," an official said.

According to the UN Convention, each member country
shall "consider adopting appropriate legislative and
administrative measures, consistent with the objectives of
this Convention and in accordance with the fundamental
principles of its domestic law, to prescribe criteria
concerning candidature for and election to public office."

It also prescribes disciplinary or other measures
against public officials who violate the codes or standards
established in accordance with this article.
"The ratification of the Convention is reaffirmation of
our government`s commitment to fight corruption and to
undertake vigorously administrative and legal reforms to
enable our law enforcement agencies to recover illicit assets
stolen by corrupt practices," the official said.

The completion of the ratification process has been
under active consideration of the Indian government since
September last year, the official said.

A Group of Ministers has been overseeing the
ratification process.
Before ratifying the UN Convention, government was
required to make changes in domestic laws to have more
transparency in funding election campaigns and political
parties among other crucial legislative steps to bring it at
par with the international instrument.

The Convention has already been inked by 140 countries.

In the backdrop of agitation by Anna Hazare-led civil
society activists, questions had been raised recently on why
India was not ratifying the convention even six years after
signing it.

PTI