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Modi govt's 3rd anniversary: Zero tolerance on corruption

There is not a single taint of corruption on this government —“totally different from the UPA tenure riddled with scams. This will be the dominant message”, a senior government official privy to the details said, speaking to ET on the condition of anonymity.
The document will detail the steps the government has taken to tackle corruption, officials with knowledge of the matter said. The most prominent among these is demonetisation, which has “strengthened the hands of the common citizen and the government in the fight against corruption, terror funding, Naxalism, human trafficking, black money and counterfeit notes”, one of them said.

Direct benefit transfer — where the subsidy amount is transferred directly to the beneficiary’s bank account has plugged leakages in welfare programmes and helped the government save Rs. 50,000 crore. So, this would also be mentioned as a significant anti-corruption measure. The government may also say that it started the cleaning up of political funding by putting a Rs. 2,000 cap on cash donations to parties.

The fight against black money will find a prominent mention. This will include blocking the Mauritius, Singapore and Cyprus channels used for re-routing of black money. Another is the agreement on real-time transaction data with Switzerland, which will make Swiss banks to share information related to transactions involving Indians from September 2019. This is expected to reduce the room for money laundering.

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