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Government to bring new public procurement bill
A new public procurement bill will soon be introduced in the parliament to check corruption in the procurement of raw materials in the public sector. Additionally, the government is considering bringing bribery under the purview of the IPC as well.

"The public procurement bill will be introduced in parliament by the finance minister soon," Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy told reporters at a press conference in New Delhi.

He said the government was committed to reforming the public procurement system as it was one of the major areas of corruption, said Narayanasamy, who also holds charge of the personnel, public grievances and pensions portfolio.

"The finance ministry is taking the initiatives to ensure transparent manner of public procurement," he said.

He said the government was in discussion with other countries for cooperation in checking corruption in public procurement.

He said that giving or taking bribe in the private sector might come under the purview of the Indian Penal Code if it is amended in tandem with the UN Convention on Corruption.

Besides this, in an effort to check corruption in procurement processes, which involves huge amount of money, the Centre will soon bring a bill to regulate these procedures.

"Corruption in the private sector is a major issue of concern for people of this country... to take action on those people (an) amendment in Indian Penal Code (IPC) is on anvil that initiative we have taken," Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy said.

India has to amend the IPC after it ratified the UN Convention of Corruption. Article 12 of the UN convention says that each country shall take measures, in accordance with the fundamental principles of its domestic law, to prevent corruption involving the private sector, enhance accounting and auditing standards in the private sector and, where appropriate, provide effective, proportionate and dissuasive civil, administrative or criminal penalties for failure to comply with such measures.

Narayanasamy was briefing the media about the forthcoming conference of 'Asian Development Bank and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation (OECD) Initiative for Asia and the Pacific' for building multidisciplinary frameworks to combat corruption.

"Finance Ministry is taking the initiative for bringing the Bill -- the Public Procurement Bill. We want a transparent manner of public procurement and it should be uniform," he said.

Narayanasamy said there was a study which indicated that maximum of corruption took place in tendering procedures.

There was a proposal for having e-tenders but that did not come through as many states did not implement it, he said "We are going to bring a Bill in this Parliament that is the public delivery mechanism and also the citizen charter... the grievance redressal for citizens that Bill also we are going to bring," he added.

Source: DD News