Where is the implementation plan for UN Convention on Corruption?
An application was filed with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get the details about government’s plan to conduct a self-evaluation study so as to assess the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).
The DoPT, which is the nodal agency for anti-graft matters, said in the reply to the application that the requested file was not traceable and the efforts were going on to locate them. The reply stated that the implementation section had been formed quite recently and the process of organizing the files was still going on. Regretting the delay in providing information, it said that as soon as the files become physically available, the complete reply to the application would be furnished.
The UNCAC is a global legal instrument to tackle corruption and requires its parties to provide legal and administrative measures to prevent corruption. India ratified the convention in 2011 and is amongst 164 nations which have ratified / acceded to the UNCAC provisions.
In May 2012 and again in January 2013, the DoPT had floated a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the holding of a self-evaluation study on India's compliance with UNCAC by independent experts. However, the same had to be cancelled due to want of a minimum of three bids.