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Strong anti-graft law in 3-4 months: Khurshid

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
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

"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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