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New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to set up a wing to keep an eye on the wrongdoers in its departments in the wake of its Anti Corruption Branch getting paralysed due to the tussle with the central government.

“We have made an information network which will work for the vigilance department. This unit will have officers from vigilance department which we need to strengthen,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told the media here after a meeting with the heads of all departments in the state government.

He said that the Anti Corruption Branch is not fighting corruption and, therefore, a network of vigilance officers will be made to check corruption in the government.

At present, the Anti Corruption Branch has two heads, one appointed by the central government and the other appointed by Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. The matter is in court.

The meeting of officers on Monday was chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who told them that the government will not tolerate corruption at any cost.

“The chief minister plainly told all heads of the departments that the government won’t tolerate corruption at any cost — be it a minister, MLA or junior officer,” said Sisodia.

“He also told them to ensure that there is no wrongdoing in their respective department and assured them that the government would make all the resources available to stop corruption,” he added.

The meeting comes a day after Kejriwal’s meeting with AAP legislators in the wake of removal of Asif Ahmed Khan as Delhi’s food minster on graft charges.

(IANS)

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

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A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.

Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”

She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

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“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.

The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.

“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.

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Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom. (VOA)