PM, Sonia to decide on anti-graft ordinances: Narayanasamy

Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 22:55

New Delhi: Accusing Opposition of non-cooperation in Parliament over key anti-corruption legislations, Union Minister V Narayanasamy on Monday said government will soon take a call on bringing ordinances.

"As far as our government is concerned, we listed them in the Parliament. We wanted to deliberate on these bill and then get these bills passed. Unfortunately the opposition parties did not cooperate. Therefore the bills slated for discussion were delayed everyday... They could not be taken up," Narayanasamy told reporters here.

"As far as the government is concerned, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and our alliance partners, they will decide on them (ordinances)," he said.

Three bills-- Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Citizens Charter Bill and The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials--related to Ministry of Personnel are pending in Parliament.

Narayanasamy said the other important bills--Food Security Bill and Lokpal Bill-- were passed in the Parliament after persuading opposition parties.

The Whistleblowers` Protection Bill was passed in the Parliament on February 21.

Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, also appreciated government`s effort in tackling corruption.

"As far as our government is concerned we took all important steps to curb corruption. The people who have been found involved in corruption have been removed from ministries, wherever they were working, in our government," the Minister said.

Narayanasamy also inaugurated National Centre for Good
Governance (NCGG), an apex think tank of the country in guiding and implementing good governance reforms, in a function held here on
Monday.

"India is committed to provide institutional framework to improve governance and ensure that fruits of development reach the poorest of the poor. The focus of the NCGG would be action oriented research in good governance," he said.

The Centre would also function as a national repository on information on best practices, initiatives and methodologies that promote good governance, e-Governance initiatives, change management and capacity building within the government.

The Government has set up the National Centre for Good Governance by upgrading National Institute of Administrative Research (NIAR), Mussorrie and renamed it as NCGG with an expanded mandate, he said.

"The NCGG would work towards resolution of key issues in governance, analyse policy and programme implementation, develop action plans, support governance reforms and help in developing synergy across various sectors and ministries or departments," the Minister said.

A governing body with Cabinet Secretary as the Chairman has been constituted for NCGG. It will also have a 12 members management committee with Secretary (Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) as the chairperson.

S Sarkar, Secretary, DoPT, Aruna Roy, Member governing body of NCGG, Kush Verma Director General, NCGG and senior officers of the ministry were also present on the occasion.

PTI

First Published: Monday, February 24, 2014 - 22:55

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