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Not just taking bribe, giving bribe also a crime now, bill passed in Parliament

Prime News, National (New Delhi), July 25:- Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill to amend the 1988 anti-graft law by seeking to punish bribe-givers for the first time along with the bribe takers, as the Lok Sabha gave its nod to it. Moving the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill for passage in the Lower House, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh said its aim was to enhance transparency and accountability of the government and also to make the provisions under the law stringent.

The measure reflects the Narendra Modi government’s zero tolerance towards corruption, he said.

Replying to the debate before the bill was passed by a voice vote, Singh said through this measure, it is also being ensured that honest officers are not harassed. Not only taking a bribe but giving bribe would also be a crime, he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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