The visiting UK Minister and the MoS PMO discussed wide range of issues of mutual interests between the two countries
United Kingdom Minister for Security, Tom Tugendhat on Sunday called on MoS in the PMO and the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions Dr. Jitendra Singh and held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Anti-Corruption Ministerial Meet being organised in Kolkata.

He was accompanied by a high-level British Government delegation and reaffirmed closer cooperation with India, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances &Pensions said in a statement.

Stating that both countries are striving to create a more transparent and corruption-free society, Dr Jitendra Singh said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated that India has a strict policy of zero tolerance against corruption.

Dr Jitendra Singh also called for wider cooperation between the two countries in sharing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations, promoting cross-sector cooperation and forging partnerships to prevent and combat corruption.

As per the Ministry, the visiting UK Minister for Security, renewed his country’s offer that India, being a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), also implement Article 16 of UNCAC that deals with bribery of foreign public officials (foreign bribery).

He also called upon India to sign the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, also known as OECD Anti-Bribery Convention of which Britain is a member. Dr Jitendra Singh stated that India has already ratified the UNCAC.

“On December 1, 2022, India, led by PM Modi, assumed the G20 presidency amidst global crises. Emphasizing India’s message of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” both developed and emerging economies of G20 have come together for sharing responsibilities in tackling critical global issues like fighting corruption,” he said.

Dr Jitendra Singh said steps have been taken to ensure transparency and accountability in the functioning of the government. This includes the adoption of e-governance, implementation of the Aadhaar system for direct benefit transfer, procurement reforms and citizen charters in public offices.

Dr Jitendra Singh said India actively participates in the G20 Anti-Corruption Working Group (ACWG) forum and related joint meetings.

Under India's leadership, the G20 ACWG has achieved significant milestones, including the adoption of three sets of High-Level Principles and hosting three successful Working Group Meetings.

"This will give political impetus to the ongoing momentum of facilitating international collaboration and enhancing accountability in the fight against corruption,” he said.