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What demonetisation did to tax collections -Aarati Krishnan

vernor Raghuram Rajan took potshots at it in a recent speech. While one can endlessly debate, with very little data, on whether the ban on high-value currency notes dealt a body blow to terrorism, Corruption and counterfeiting, one area in which its impact can be quantified with data is tax compliance. In the last sixteen months, there has been a lot of premature analysis on India’s tax compliance metrics based on sporadic data points cite

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Economic Graffiti: Why morality matters to economics -Kaushik Basu

-The Indian Express To deal with Corruption, it is not enough to just get fiscal policies right. It is in our collective long-term interest to nurture individual values. I went to an optometrist last week, who gave me one of those cards to read where the font starts out large and then gets progressively small, to test your reading capacity. In this case what was interesting was the content of the card. It was a primer on how to make money. It

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Anti-forest, anti-forest dweller -Chitrangada Choudhury

ake plantations on private and common property resources. This flies in the face of numerous government and non-governmental reports showing the poor ecological and social consequences as well as the Corruption which result from this approach. The rules provide no meaningful safeguards against the forest bureaucracy implementing compensatory plantations on dense forests, and where FRA claims have been issued, are pending or have to be filed. The ru

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Central Vigilance Commission wants to keep an eye on private banks -Vikas Dhoot

t instances of malfeasance. Vigilance officers in all State-owned public sector banks are required to report irregularities and possible wrongdoing to the CVC, India’s apex body for checking Corruption in the government. Private sector banks are out of the CVC’s purview, but are subjected to statutory audits from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Deviating from norms Private banks have been rapped in recent months by the banking re

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Aadhaar data safe, govt. affirms in Supreme Court -Krishnadas Rajagopal

apprehensions raised by petitioners as to why persons, who prefer anonymity and consider their identity as a treasure, should also be compelled to part with their personal data to access services. Corruption robs poor Mr. Venugopal explained that Aadhaar provides “a right to physically exist without lying on the pavement without food.” Mr. Venugopal quoted former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi saying how only ?17 of ?100 spent on anti-p

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'Digital India' Actually Made MGNREGA Less Transparent -Nikhil Shenoy The MGNREGA website used to be something of a gold standard on information dissemination. But not anymore. Sanjay Sahni is an anti-Corruption activist from Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Formally educated only till Class 5, he used to work as an electrician in Delhi until 2012. He came across the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) website by chance, and after several hours of navigating through the complicated we

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We mean business, mostly -Pradeep Narayanan & Dheeraj

of the recent financial fraud involving owners Vikram and Rahul Kothari. The recently unearthed Nirav Modi scam, with no LoU [Letter of Understanding] lost, is another case in point. What began as Corruption with the involvement of a few bank employees has snowballed into aroughly ?12,000-crore racket. In the race toward greater profit, the biggest casualty is transparency, not just in financial matters, but also commitment to inclusive growth.

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Cong shuns Lokpal meet

ituting an institution like the Lokpal. A more apt and statesman-like conduct is expected from the Prime Minister," he added. The Congress has on several occasions questioned why the top anti-Corruption watchdog had not been appointed despite the passage of the Lokpal Act in 2013. The BJP and the RSS had lent active support to the Lokpal movement led by Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal but did not make the appointment on allegedly flimsy exc

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Lokpal selection meet on March 1

der. The bench passed the order while dealing with a contempt application moved by an NGO, Common Cause, against DoPT secretary Ajay Mittal for delay in the appointment of the country's first anti-Corruption ombudsman despite an apex court directive in April last year to expedite the process. Notified on January 16, 2014, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act has been hanging fire as the Modi government refused to constitute it on the ground that there

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India ranks 81st in global Corruption perception index

to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. India's score in the latest ranking, however, remained unchanged at 40. In 2015, the score was 38. India has been ranked 81st in the global Corruption perception index for 2017, released by Transparency International, which named the country among the “worst offenders” in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region. The index, which ranks 180 countries and terri

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