Government serious in bringing strong Lokpal Bill: Patil
Onboard, Oct 8 (ANI): Admiring the Central government's efforts to tackle corruption, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil has said the government was sincere in passing the Jan Lokpal Bill.
Talking to mediapersons on a flight en-route to India, President Patil said the Congress led government is seriously working for the passage of a strong and effective Lokpal Bill.
"Bill is before the House and government is very sincere in passing the Bill, the Lokpal bill and bringing in to force. There is no doubt about it," she added.
Patil also praised other measures such as the Right to Information act to bring reform in the world's largest democracy.
"The double tax avoidance agreement also, India is very keen about it. India has already rectified that. I took up this issue with these Austria and Switzerland also because the Indian government is very sincere and they want to effectively implement this also and we have taken all the measures, which are necessary to curb corruption. To combat corruption, government of India is taking and that is the reason why India is actively considering to become a member of the Anti- Corruption Academy," said Patil.
Commenting on the recent wave of hunger strikes by various social activists to press for their demands, she said that Indian democracy is globally admired because of its moral values and rule of law and that should be respected by all.
"We have certain values and rule of law in a democratic set up along with our human and civil rights. These are the common values of our democracy for which India is respected by other countries," added Patil.
Patil further pressed on the need to join hands to counter militancy and praised the government of Austria and Switzerland for taking keen interest in the global war against militancy.
"As far as anti-terrorism is concerned both the countries have condemned the acts of terrorism and they think there should be a global war against terrorism. There is no second thought that terrorism is condemned globally," asserted Patil. By Sanjay Mohan (ANI)
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