Will work with civil society against graft: Pranab
New Delhi: The government may disagree with
social activists like Anna Hazare on the Lokpal issue, but it
on Wednesday vowed that its fight against corruption will continue
with the help of civil society and independent judiciary.
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who headed the Lokpal
Bill drafting committee, said here that the administrative,
legal and judicial process of detecting the corruption cases
and proving them in courts was an ongoing process.
"(The fight) will go on with a vigilant civil society and
the independent judicial system that we have," his ministry
quoted Mukherjee saying.
Mukherjee said that the Group of Ministers (GoM) which he
is heading has been tasked to consider measures for tackling
The GoM, which will make recommendations in a time bound
manner is addressing issues relating to state funding of
elections, speedier processing of corruption cases of public
servants, transparency in public procurement and discretionary
powers of the central ministers.
It has also been considering a competitive system for
exploiting natural resources, he said.
The government has been in disagreement with social
activist Hazare's group on Prime Minister and the judiciary
being brought under the purview of Lokpal.
Mukherjee said the government has also been trying to
deal with the root causes of corruption, particularly in
public service delivery.