Strong anti-graft law in 3-4 months: Khurshid
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 20:46
Kochi: The central government would bring in stringent anti-corruption law and electoral laws in which the corrupt and those convicted will not be able to contest elections, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid said on Saturday.

The legislations would be brought in the coming winter session of Parliament, he said at a function organised by the Congress' minority cell here.

"We are also talking to political parties on whether state funding of elections is possible. Various new laws, including whistleblowers protection law and Public procurement law, would be brought," he said.

The Centre was committed to putting in place the "strongest" anti-corruption system available across the globe, he said.

In the next 3-4 months, the country will have a strongest anti-corruption law and "we will implement it in total sincerity", he said.

Khurshid said the Centre had taken in principle decision to implement Kerala model of reservation in all states for government jobs.

'We want to follow Reservation policy of Kerala and in central jobs, the same reservation would apply which Kerala had adopted for state jobs', he said.

The government was also hoping to bring in Judicial Accountability Bill, he said adding "we do not want independence of Indian judiciary to be compromised in any way".

Khurshid, also holding the Minority Affairs portfolio, said the government had identified that about 1.61 crore students need to be given minority scholarships.Earlier, it was 60 lakh students.

"We hope from Kerala students from madrassa to college whose parents income was below Rs two lakh per annum would be entitled for the scholarships," he said.

The Minister said there was need to work out a formula by which states like Kerala, which are above the national average in various indices, are also benefited. 'We must not punish those who have done well and we must help them'.

He said of the 90 districts identified in the country for providing special infrastructure development for minorities, as per the recommendations of the Sachar committee only one district was from Kerala, which was above national average on various parameters.

'Time has come that the strong should become stronger'. Only because Kerala is a high achieving state, it does not get more attention,' he said.


First Published: Saturday, November 12, 2011, 20:44

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