AP govt may amend Anti-Corruption Act

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Hyderabad, Jan 14 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh government is 'seriously' thinking of amending the 'Anti-Corruption Act, 1945', to provide for confiscating the properties of 'corrupt' officials, Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy said.

According to an official release here today, Dr Reddy said the number of corruption cases in ACB raids was increasing day by day.

''As certain sections of the Act do not permit instant confiscation of properties, actions are delayed,'' he added.

''The amendment will empower the government to take stringent action against the corrupt officials immediately,'' the Chief Minister said.

Stressing the need to create awareness among the people on corruption, the Chief Minister said the government was mulling to introduce lessons on 'anti-corruption' in curriculum at high schools.

Stating that 'transparency' was important to eliminate corruption, he said 'e-governance' would be the right choice for proper public delivery on fast mode.

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