The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) is the first legally binding international treaty against corruption present in government agencies, which, according to the UN, “is a major obstacle to development in poor countries.” It was adopted by the UN General Assembly on October 31, 2003. Albeit India had ratified the treaty in 2005, it has, as recently said by Finance Minister, been decided to approve it. It palpably indicates the Central government’s lackadaisical attitude towards corruption drive. Why did the government take six years to approve UNCAC? It is natural dilly-dallying of the government towards fighting corruption that has battered its image. The UN anti-corruption treaty has been approved though, it is unlikely that the government will implement it as the treaty calls for making sundry rules and regulations which could rein in corruption and bring transparency in administrative system. Time will speak if such rules will be framed.  The UN anti-corruption treaty requires making such provision which could checkmate sleaze in private sectors and press all political parties to give details about getting contributions. It will not suffice that a GoM is mulling over the treaty because earlier they did not hold even a single meeting in this regard. This slough shown by the government when the treaty is billed to be effective to bring black money stashed away in overseas banks.

In the Presidential address to the joint sitting of Parliament in the beginning of budget session, the Central government promised to approve the anti-corruption treaty however, no initiative was taken. In fact there should have been comprehensive debate over the UN anti-corruption treaty, but it has not been introduced in the Parliament so far. The government is not only keeping sluggish approach to the UNCAC treaty, but it is also proving idle on the recommendations of the second administrative reforms commission, sadly it clearly reflects that the government is not much keen for taking concrete step to weed out corruption. Perhaps, the Central dispensation is not ready to accept the reality that it pays only lip service on the issue of corruption and that’s why people have reached the conclusion that the Centre is giving only fake assurance on this count. This is the reason that people from across the country supported the movement of Anna Hazare for Jan Lokpal Bill. It would be better for the government that it should come forward to take action effectively against graft and sleaze mushrooming in the system, which is eating into the vitals of the country. This is the only method for the government to check its sagging image.