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After 46 Years, India Poised to Finally Get an Anti-Corruption Law

Joe Mont | December 19, 2013

It took nearly five decades, but India's parliament this week finally approved tough new anti-corruption legislation. Intended to ferret out rampant graft across industries, the Jan Lokpal bill, calls for the creation of a national ombudsman's office and state-level agencies to investigate and prosecute allegations of government officials and workers receiving bribes. Whistleblower protections are also included.

Variations of the bill have come and gone since 1966, including a 2011 version that finally earned a deciding parliamentary vote this week. Its current resurgence is largely credited to hunger strikes by social activist Anna Hazare and large-scale public protests. The legislation isn't final just yet. It still must...

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