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India 72nd most corrupt nation in the world

india Updated: Mar 19, 2008 17:59 IST

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Noting that India is presently ranked at 72nd place among 180 countries by the Transparency International in its latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), the Centre on Wednesday said it has taken several measures and is "moving progressively" to eradicate the menace.

"Government is fully committed to implement its policy of Zero tolerance against corruption. It is moving progressively to eradicate corruption by improving transparency and accountability," the Minister of State for the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Suresh Pachouri said in Lok Sabha.

"Measures for strengthening the Anti-Corruption Bureau in various states are taken by the concerned governments while the Centre has decided to strengthen the CBI and departmental vigilance organisations," he told the lower house.

"This include modernisation and upgradation of infrastructure of the CBI, appointment of CVOs on the recommendations of the CVC, formulation and implementation of annual action plans for vigilance activities through pro-active involvement of various ministries and departments, issuance of comprehensive instructions on transparency in tendering and contacting processes by the CVC," Pachuri added.

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