Government approved Public Procurement Bill: The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved the Public Procurement Bill, a bill that seeks to regulate government purchases of above Rs. 50 lakh through a transparent bidding process. The Bill has a provision to debar bidders found engaged in corrupt practices.
The Bill is based on the recommendations of Committee on Public Procurement headed by former bureaucrat Vinod Dhall which were accepted by a Group of Ministers to tackle corruption on February 22. The bill provides for imprisonment for a term ranging from six months to five years for public servants found guilty of demanding and accepting bribes from bidders of government contracts.
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