Prez Pratibha Patil for supremacy of Parliament

Throwing her weight behind the supremacy of parliament, President Pratibha Patil said the government was sincere in passing the Lok Pal Bill.

Updated: Oct 08, 2011, 21:33 PM IST

New Delhi: Throwing her weight behind the
supremacy of parliament, President Pratibha Patil on Saturday said
the government was sincere in passing the Lok Pal Bill.

"Definitely, that is the best way. And it should happen
that way. I feel so," she told reporters yesterday during her
return from Switzerland and Austria tour.
She was responding to a question about whether the fight
against corruption should be led by parliamentary democracy.

Backed the government`s efforts to tackle corruption,
Patil said, "Government of India is taking a lot of measures.

The Bill is before the House and the government is very
sincere in passing the bill, the Lok Pal Bill and bringing it
into force," adding, "There is no doubt about it."
She said a lot of other measures are being taken and gave
the example of RTI.

The president said the world was seeing 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