How to Ensure Integrity and Transparency in Governance
India’s Minister of State for Public Grievances, Jitendra Singh, said Wednesday that the government has taken several legislative and administrative steps towards bringing about transparency in governance and improving the public service delivery mechanism.
Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural session of the Summit on “Integrity and Transparency in Governance” in Delhi, Jitendra Singh said the Prevention of Corruption Act was amended last year with the aim to punish bribe givers for the first time.
At the same time, he said, provisions have been made to provide adequate safeguards to the honest officers who are performing their task with integrity.
Jitendra Singh said that the focus of the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has been on ‘Minimum Government, Maximum Governance.’ He stressed upon the importance of transparency, accountability, and in-time delivery of services by the government.
The minister said that a high degree of scrutiny at the social level will act as a deterrent against corruption.
Jitendra Singh informed that the Central Government has scrapped nearly 1,500 obsolete rules and laws with an aim to bring about transparency and improve efficiency. This includes self-attestation of certificates and abolition of interviews for job selection at junior level.
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