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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh says, India will reaffirm unified action to ensure zero tolerance against corruption and deepen G20 commitments towards countering corruption globally at the upcoming G20 Working Group Meet in Haryana


Dr Jitendra Singh to inaugurate the First Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting (ACWG) of G20, being organized by the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) at Gurugram, Haryana from 1st to 3rd March,2023

Under India’s chairmanship, G-20 Nations will deliberate on areas of future action like bringing in processes, where fugitive economic offenders can be traced and extradited faster, and their properties situated abroad brought within the reach of the law of the land from which such offenders escape: Dr Jitendra Singh

Amidst global gloomy economic outlook, India has emerged as a bright spot as described by IMF and therefore, India will play its rightful role to bridge the North-South divide and become the voice of the Global South

Posted On: 27 FEB 2023 2:00PM by PIB Delhi

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh today said, India will reaffirm unified action to ensure zero tolerance against corruption and deepen G20 commitments towards countering corruption globally at the First Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting (ACWG) of G-20, being held in Gurugram, Haryana from 1st to 3rd March,2023.
In a Statement issued ahead of the First Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting, Dr Jitendra Singh said that India’s G-20 Presidency is marked by unprecedented economic, geopolitical and climate challenges. He, however added that amidst global gloomy economic outlook, India has emerged as a bright spot as described by IMF and other world agencies and therefore, India will play its rightful role to bridge the North-South divide on pressing issues. India will reaffirm unified action to ensure zero tolerance against corruption and deepen G20 commitments towards countering corruption globally
Referring to the theme of India's G20 Presidency - “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth. One Family. One Future”, Dr Jitendra Singh said that moving forward with India’s G-20 Presidency under the guidance of the Prime Minister, DoPT is organizing the First Anti-Corruption Working Group Meeting. The Minister stated that during the three-day event at Gurugram, over 90 delegates from 20 members countries, 10 Invitee countries and 9 International Organizations will engage in detailed deliberations on strengthening International Anti-corruption mechanisms. The delegates will experience India’s culture through specially curated Yoga Sessions, visit to historic sites, cultural events and local cuisine.
Dr Jitendra Singh stated that since its inception in 2010, G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) has been at the forefront of guiding the anti-corruption initiatives of G20 countries. G 20 ACWG meetings have one Chair (Presidency country) and one co-chair country. The co-chair for the G20 ACWG 2023 is Italy. The Minister pointed out that as the Mother of democracy, India’s G-20 Presidency gives her a golden opportunity to become the voice of the Global South in unison with other 19 powers by fast-tracking global anti-corruption efforts by addressing issues like money-laundering, asset recovery and beneficial ownership. Under India’s chairpersonship, G-20 Nations will deliberate on areas of future action like bringing in processes, where fugitive economic offenders can be traced and extradited faster, and their properties situated abroad brought within the reach of the law of the land from which such offenders escape
Dwelling on the subject of the Working Group, Dr Jitendra Singh emphasized that  corruption is a scourge that impacts effective utilisation of resources and overall governance and affects the poorest and marginalized most acutely. India’s Presidency aims to strengthen international cooperation for action against corruption and economic crimes, and recovery of stolen assets. He stated that the G20 ACWG will explore proactive sharing of information, improving existing Mutual Legal Assistance framework and simplifying mechanisms for sharing of information between domestic law enforcement authorities in criminal matters. 
India’s chairpersonship will support G20 countries in prioritising recovery and return of stolen assets in their broad strategy against corruption.  Enhancing the effectiveness of asset-tracing and identification mechanisms, developing mechanisms for rapid restrain of illicit assets, and promoting effective use of open-source information and asset recovery networks will be key focal areas. The importance of informal cooperation among G20 countries and creation of a knowledge hub to facilitate training and capacity building of member countries in enhancing the use of existing mechanisms of cooperation will be highlighted, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh pointed out that transparent regulatory frameworks and effective internal control mechanisms to combat corruption are the need of the hour. He informed that as part of the 1st ACWG meeting , a ‘Side Event’ on Leveraging ICT for Combating Corruption in Public Sector’ has also been planned to elaborate on role of ICT in fighting corruption worldwide and initiatives that India has adapted to reduce and address corruption. India will utilize its experience from implementing citizen-centric governance model to demonstrate the role of Information and Communication Technology in preventing, detecting and fighting corruption by creating common ICT platforms for higher transparency and for sharing experiences and best practices will be showcased during the side event, he added.
The Minister hoped that the 1st ACWG meeting will generate a concerted effort for enhancing awareness about anti-corruption, imparting education, capacity building and for incorporating optimally the benefits of experience of forums like Civil Society 20, Think Tank 20, Women 20 and Business 20.

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