Himachal Pradesh is the only state so far which has opposed the proposal to make bribery in private sector a criminal offence by amending the Indian Penal Code even as six states are yet to send their comments on the issue, the Lok Sabha was informed today.
In respone to a question, minister of state for personal and training V Narayanasamy said comments of the 22 state governments and six Union Territories have been received as on March 16, 2012 on the proposal to make private sector bribery an offence.
Comments from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Union Territory of Puducherry have not been received by March 16.
All states, except Himachal Pradesh, have supported the proposal, the minister said adding "the state government has conveyed its disagreement with the proposed amendment to IPC".
He said the Jammu and Kashmir government had conveyed that "proposed amendment will be a step forward in enlarging the ambit of the Penal Code to cover the private sector as well. In fact, the state government is considering amendment on similar lines in Ranbir Penal Code applicable to the state of Jammu and Kashmir".
Other states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu while agreeing with the proposal have suggested measures to make the amendment even more stringent and bring clarity on some issues, the minister said.