‘Committed to zero tolerance against corruption’

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said it was "fully alive" and committed to the policy of zero tolerance for eradicating corruption from the country.

"Corruption thrives where transparency is lacking, procedures are complicated, discretion of a high order is permitted and where there is a demand supply gap. The Central Government is tackling these situations by encouraging greater transparency, introducing simplified procedures reducing scope for discretion," Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances V Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha in a written reply.

"The Central government is fully alive and committed to implement its policy of zero tolerance against corruption and has taken several steps, in the recent past, to combat corruption," he said.

However, the Minister noted that the awareness about corruption in the country has increased in the recent past.

"As no data is maintained, centrally, on the state-wise number of persons caught for taking bribe/graft, it may not be possible to conclusively say whether cases of bribe/graft are on the rise in the country," Narayanasamy said when asked whether there was an increase in corruption cases.