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PM for reforms to fight corruption

PM spells out a seven-point strategy, including reforms in the tax system, to fight corruption at the highest level.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2006 16:13 IST

Stressing on the need for aggressive pursuance of corruption cases at the highest level, PM Manmohan Singh on Fridayspelt out a seven-point comprehensive strategy including reforms in the tax system, an area of high corruption.

"The anti-corruption machinery in the country should create deterrence against corruption by aggressively pursuing cases of high-level corruption to their logical end. Rapid, fair, and accurate investigation of allegations of corruption against public servants at all levels should remain a priority," Singh said on the concluding day of the 16th Biennial Conference on anti-corruption of the CBI.

Stressing for a comprehensive strategy to reduce the scope of corruption, Singh said, "we must recognise for an integrated approach to dealing with corruption. Agencies like CBI cant operate in isolation."

The PMcalled for a distinction between an "honest mistake" and deliberate "wrong-doing".

"We need to have system which protects honest mistake. Life is full of uncertainty and in this environment, honest mistakes are unavoidable," he said.

First Published: Nov 17, 2006 16:13 IST