Thursday, January 31, 2013

Indian govt Govt seeks proposals to review its fight against corruption

Govt seeks proposals to review its fight against corruption
  The government has decided to
conduct a study to assess its fight against corruption as part
of a mandatory obligation under a UN convention.
 The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) has
floated a request seeking proposals to conduct a self
evaluation study by independent experts on India's compliance
on United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).
 Last May, the DoPT had invited expression of interest to
undertake the study. However, it was decided in October to
"close" the offer for want of a minimum of three qualifying
 UNCAC, which acts as a universal legal instrument to deal
with the menace of corruption globally, was ratified by India
on May 9, 2011.
 The convention requires states parties to provide in
their domestic legal system, measures, legal and
administrative, for prevention of corruption; for making
certain acts relating to corruption as criminal offence and
providing for sanctions against them and for facilitating
recovery of assets in trans-border corruption.
 Besides, it calls for promoting widest possible
international cooperation in combating trans-border corruption
through measures facilitating, mutual legal assistance,
extradition and joint investigations.
 According to the RFP, the task to be performed by a
selected agency would essentially involve collection,
compilation and analysis of information on UNCAC and relevant
domestic laws.
 The assignment will also involve interaction with the
Ministry of Home Affairs, Department of Economic Affairs,
Department of Revenue, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of
External Affairs, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Ministry of
Commerce, Ministry of Law and Justice, Directorate of
Enforcement, Central Vigilance Commission, CBI and National
Crime Records Bureau among others.
 India is among 164 nations which have either ratified or
acceded to the UNCAC provisions.
 An interested firm can send in its technical and
financial proposal by March 5 to the DoPT.
 India has been slotted to be reviewed in 2013-14 by the
governmental experts of two other member countries of UNCAC
under the review mechanism.

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