English Release 13-December 2013
- President's Secretariat
- President of India Inaugurates Global PSE Summit
- Revision of the Code of Conduct for Ministers for both Union and State Governments
- Min of Agriculture
Promoting Organic Farming in the Country
- Action Plan To Make Milk Production Profitable
Rehabilitation Packages to Mitigate Hardship Faced by Farmers
- Over 18000 Godowns Set up so far Under Rural Rodown Scheme
RKVY Gets Rs 9954 Crore this Year Against
Rs 8400 Crore Last Year
- Horticulture Mission Leads to Increase in Vegetables Production
Subsidy Released During 2012-13 to States for Construction of Rural Godowns
- Steps to Control Leaf Spot Disease in Banana
Rabi Crop Sowing Crosses 500 lakh Hectare Area,
About 29 lakh Hectare more than Last Year
- MSP of Toria Fixed at Rs.3020 Per Quintal for 2013-14
- Min of Comm. & Information Technology
- Rural Wireline Broadband Scheme
- Telecom Facilities In J&K
- Postal Life Insurance Policy
- Universal Emergency Number
- Free Roaming Services
- Services of BSNL
- Highlights of Telecom Subscription Data as on 31st October 2013
Mobile Number Portability (MNP) Requests Further Increase
and Approach the 105 Million Mark
Notice Inviting Applications for Auction of Spectrum in
1800 MHz and 900 MHz Bands
Proportion of VLR Telecom Subscribers Increases to Over 85%
- Tie-Up For Money Transfer
- Fine for Violation of Electro-Magnetic Field
- Mobile Networks in Naxalite Affected Areas
- Proposal for Preferential Treatment to BSNL and MTNL Services
- Telecom Testing and Security Certification Centre
- Implementation of TRAI Recommendation for Green Telecom
- Min of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution
- Payment of Dues to Cane Growers
- Foodgrains for BPL population at highly subsidised prices
- 80 Food Grain Depots to be Upgraded
- Food grain godowns to be constructed under Private Entrepreneurs Guarantee Scheme
- Ministry of Finance
- Change in Tariff Value of Crude Palm Oil, RBD Palm Oil, Others – Palm Oil, Crude Palmolein, RBD Palmolein, others – Palmolein, Crude Soyabean Oil, Brass Scrap (All Grades), Poppy Seeds and Gold, Silver and Areca Nuts Notified
Date of Payment of December Instalment of Advance Tax Extended From 15th December 2013 To 17th December 2013
- Constitution of CCI
- Fraudulent Investment Operations
- Criteria for Central Assistance
- Cut in Key Policy Rates by RBI
- Establishment of IT Office
Printing of Currency Notes
- Flow of Foreign Capital
Insurance Repositories System
- Financial and Corporate Disclosures
Policy for Loan Sanction to Weaker Sections
- Mahila Banks
Impact of Price Rise on Savings
- Bank for BRICS Countries
- Min of Food Processing Industries
- 17.8 Million Skilled Personnel Required in Food Processing Sector
- Min of Health and Family Welfare
- National Mental Health Programme
- Government Mechanisms to Maintain Transparency in
Admission Process in Private Medical Colleges
- Mobile Medical Units
- Food Safety and Standards Act
Drugs Prohibited / Suspended in the Country
Measles Special Immunization Activity
- Cases of Leptospirosis
- Regulatary Provisions Regarding
Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathic Medicines
- Decline in Cases of Hysterectomy
- Development of Yoga and Naturopathy
- New Hospitals Under PPP
- 763 Nutrition Rehabilitation Centres Functional in 16 States/Uts
- Increase in Seats in Medical Colleges
- Diagnostic Kits for Blood Banks
- Geriatric Healthcare Facilities
- Number of CGHS Allopathic/AYUSH Dispensaries and Hospitals
- Criteria for Setting up of CGHS Dispensary
- Infection in ICUs
- Misuse of Oxytocin Injection
- Free Medicines to Patients
- Inspection of Medical/Dental Colleges
- Food Safety and Standards Act
- Cancer Cases Among Women
- Measure taken to deal with vector-borne diseases
- Vector-Borne Diseases
Medical Tourism in the Country
- Ambulance Service Under National Rural Health Mission
- Detection of TB Cases
- Virology Institutes in the Country
- CGHS Facilities
- Criteira for Setting up Health Centres
Measures to Prevent and Control the Spread of HIV/AIDS in the Country
Government’s Policy for Permission to Foreign/Overseas Doctors to Practice in the Country
Drugs & Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill, 2013
Government and Private Medical Colleges in the Country
Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) Colleges and Hospitals in the Country
Steps by the Government for Strict Implementation of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act
- Min of Home Affairs
- Bilateral Security Matters Between India And Maldives Discussed
- Revision of the Code of Conduct for Ministers for both Union and State Governments
- Min of Minority Affairs
- Survey About Status of Minorities
- Implementation of Multi Sectoral Development Programme
- Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
- Auto Fuel Policy Milestones already achieved P.Lakshmi;
BS-IV auto fuels extended to 20 addition a cities, 50 cities to be covered by 2015
8.66 MMT of Natural Gas Imported during April-November 2014
- Global crude oil price of Indian Basket rises to US$ 107.95/bbl on 12.12.2013
- DBTL Scheme to crore 291 districts by 1.1.2014 having 9.22
- Min of Power
- Ten important Hydro-Electric Projects are being pursued for speedy clearances, says Power Minister
- Minimizing gap between ACS & ARR of Power generation is a priority, says Power Minister
- Ministry of Railways
- Travelling on Roof is Prohibited and is a Punishable Offence
- Setting Up of Kendriya Vidyalayas
- New Stainless Rakes for Mumbai Local Trains
Chairman Railway Board Inaugurates National Seminar on “Resurgence of Transportation and Logistics in India”
- Min of Road Transport & Highways
- Measures to Increase the Road Safety
- Widening of National Highways in Kerala
- Construction of Underpass at Kharki Daula Chowk
- Min of Statistics & Programme Implementation
- Clearance to Industrial Projects
- Ministry of Tourism
Development f Tourism With Private Partners
- Safety and Security of Foreign Tourists
- Losses in ITDC Hotels
- Growth in Foreign Tourists Arrivals in the Country
- Cleanliness in Tourist Destinations
- Min of Urban Development
- No Proposal To Include Security Costs In Delhi Metro Fares
- Government working towards mechanical cleaning of Sewers & Septic tanks
- Workshop on e-gazette organized in delhi
Highlights the need to generate awareness among citizens about its benefits
- Min of Women and Child Development
- Press Note
- Child Abuse
- South-South Cooperation on Child Rights
- National Children’s Fund
- National Institute for Women Affairs
- Empowerment of Women through NMEW
- National Early Childhood Care and Education Policy
- Ujwala Scheme
- Rashtriya Mahila Kosh
- Global Hunger Index
- Sexual Harassment at Work Places
- Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme
- Women Oriented Programmes
- Nirbhaya Fund
- Domestic Violence Act
- Anganwadi Centres
- Abandoned Widows
Prime Minister's Office17-November, 2006 13:56 IST
|PM’S KEY NOTE ADDRESS TO CONFERENCE OF CBI & STATE ANTI-CORRUPTION BUREAUS|
GOVERNMENT TO BRING FORWARD PUBLIC SERVICES BILL: PM
|The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has announced that the Government proposes to bring forward a Public Services Bill before Parliament, which will define a public services code of ethics and management. It will also protect whistleblowers and have the overall objective of developing public services as a professional, politically neutral, merit based, and accountable instrument for promoting good governance and better delivery of services to all our citizens.
In his Key Note address to the Conference of CBI and State Anti-Corruption Bureaus, here today, Dr. Singh called for a “comprehensive” strategy to reduce the scope for corruption. In this context, he stressed the need for an integrated approach, elimination of discretionary controls, reform of tax system, modernization of justice delivery system. In addition, he underlined the need for reform of public procurement systems, effective utilization of the Right to Information Act, decentralization of administration and the delivery of justice and Public Services Users Associations in ensuring delivery of services without corruption.
The Prime Minister stressed the role of an alert civil society which can mobilize people against corruption. He presented the President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service on the occasion. The Minister of State for Personnel, National Security Advisor, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister, Cabinet Secretary, Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Secretary, Department of Personnel, Director, CBI, and other dignitaries were present.
Following is the text of the Prime Minster’s address on the occasion:
“I am very happy to have this opportunity to address your biennial conference once again. Let me first extend my heartiest greetings to the recipients of the President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service, the Police Medals for Meritorious Service and the Gold Medal for the Best Investigating Officer. I commend each of the awardees for their dedication, commitment and devotion to duty. You have set a shining example of outstanding work and sincerity. These medals are but a token of the Government’s gratitude for the good work done in the best interests of our people and our country.
I attach great importance to the work you are all charged with. The questions of good governance, of honesty and of transparency in our system of public administration, have been at the centre of our political discourse for a long time. However, what has changed is the level of tolerance of the people for corruption in our public life and administration.
I was, of course, happy to see that according to one global index of corruption India’s ranking has improved in the past two years. There has been some debate on the veracity of such indices, their relevance in inter-country comparison. However, it is heartening to see that global perceptions about corruption in India are on the mend. But I dare say we have a long way to go and we must all work to get rid of this scourge of corruption which permeates some sections of our public administration.
Corruption is not a new challenge for us. Over four decades ago when Gunnar Myrdal wrote his famous book ‘The Asian Drama’, he identified corruption as one of the constraints on development. He argued that corruption in public life had contributed to the Indian state being a “soft state”, as he put it. The scale, the typology and the mechanisms of corruption may have changed, but the problem of corruption has not gone away.
We did make a major dent on it and reduced the scope for corruption when we abolished the Licence-Permit Raj and reduced the extent of discretionary controls. However, I am aware that many controls remain, and need to be either abolished or made transparent and non-discretionary. Reducing Inspector Raj and making necessary inspections transparent and simple will reduce the scope for corruption. This is why we have taken several steps to end the Inspector Raj and replace it with a transparent system of regulation.
Our Government is also intending to bring forward a Public Services Bill before Parliament. The Bill will define a public services code of ethics and management. It will also protect whistleblowers and have the overall objective of developing public services as a professional, politically neutral, merit based, and accountable instrument for promoting good governance and better delivery of services to all our citizens.
When I recently watched the popular hindi movie, Lage Raho Munnabhai, the one incident that touched me most was the ordeal of a senior citizen trying to get his pension without having to pay a bribe. In stripping his clothes, as an act of protest, this pensioner was stripping our system, exposing the ugly nakedness of the self-aggrandisement of those who man our institutions of governance. Any system in which a retired senior citizen is required to pay a bribe to secure his legitimate dues is a most despicable system. Such corruption must be visited by the sternest action to reform, restructure and rejuvenate the system. The very legitimacy of the State and its various institutions is brought into question by such illegal exercise of power and authority.
In helping the Government deal with this cancer from within, all of you, have an important role to play and I commend the good work that all of you are engaged in. The anti-corruption machinery in the country should create a deterrence against corruption by aggressively pursuing cases of high-level corruption to their logical end. Rapid, fair, and accurate investigation of allegations of corruption against public servants at all levels should remain a priority for you.
However, while punishment may be a deterrent it is not a solution to the problem. Moreover, such deterrence should not discourage public officials from exercising their judgement, taking initiative and showing our ability to take risks at work. Our system of investigation and punishment should not be abrasive and not become an alibi for people to avoid taking initiative in performing their duties. We must learn to make a distinction between an “honest mistake” and deliberate malfeasance. In dealing with a “mistake”, rather than a “wrong-doing”, we should not discourage individual initiative. This is the point I made last time also and I re-emphasise the great importance of evolving systems and procedures whereby those who make honest mistake will not be penalised and we need a system which protects honest mistakes because life in the World that we live in is full of uncertainties. Those who have to take decisions are often not provided with all the data that needs to be made available to them and in this environment honest mistakes are unavoidable and our system of curbing corruption must protect these honest mistakes.
We must, therefore, devise a comprehensive strategy to reduce the scope for corruption, while at the same time providing space for individual initiative and action. I submit to you that such a comprehensive strategy against corruption in public life must address what I consider as the following major issues:
First and foremost, we must recognize the need for an integrated approach to dealing with corruption. Agencies like yours cannot operate in isolation. You must have the resources to take a broader view of individual cases and be able to make a distinction between a “bonafide mistake” and deliberate “wrong-doing”.
Second, we must eliminate all discretionary controls and minimize the scope for discretion in the control and regulatory systems we cannot dispense with.
Third, we must reform our tax system, make it simple and transparent, and ensure moderate rates of taxation that enable widest possible compliance. This remains an area where most citizens encounter corruption.
Fourth, the justice delivery system has to be modernized and made more efficient and speedy. Not only must the guilty be brought to book more speedily, but the innocent must be spared the trauma of delayed justice. The assurance of integrity within the judiciary is itself a deterrent against corruption in public life. Hence, prompt action against corruption in the judiciary, at all levels, is also a necessary element of the battle against corruption in other institutions of the State.
Fifth, the reform of public procurement systems both civil as well as defence, with complete transparency in the tendering processes at all stages with publicly recorded discussions is also an integral element of a comprehensive strategy to fight corruption.
Sixth, the Right to Information Act has to be effectively utilized so that it will not only act as a deterrent but also empower citizens to bring to light any acts of corruption. In fact, non-governmental organizations and concerned groups of citizens can and should use the RTI Act to combat corruption in public life.
I also think that Public Services Users Associations can also play an active role in ensuring delivery of such services without corruption. We need a Citizen’s Charter that states explicitly the Rights of tax payers and consumers of public services. A citizen holding a ration card should be able to secure his entitlement without recourse or resort to corruption.
Seventh, the decentralization of administration and the delivery of justice can help in reducing corruption by making the system more accountable to the people they have to serve. Be it municipal authorities or public utilities, be it school teachers or doctors, whatever the service provider, greater community scrutiny and decentralization of administrative control can act as a deterrent against corruption.
In the final analysis, however, there is no better protection against corruption in public life and in public services than an alert civil society. Our Government has empowered civil society through the Right to Information Act. However, it is public minded individuals, NGOs, and the media who have to take the initiative to mobilize people against corruption.
I hope your conference can come forward with ideas that the Government can pursue in dealing with the cancer of corruption. I wish your conference all success”.
(Release ID :22094)