New Delhi: Throwing her weight behind the supremacy of the Parliament, President Pratibha Patil on Saturday said the government was sincere in passing the Lokpal Bill. "Definitely, that is the best way. And it should happen that way. I feel so," she told reporters on Friday during her return from Switzerland and Austria tour.
She was responding to a question about whether the fight against corruption should be led by parliamentary democracy.
Backed the government's efforts to tackle corruption, Patil said, "Government of India is taking a lot of measures. The Bill is before the House and the government is very sincere in passing the bill, the Lok Pal Bill and bringing it into force," adding, "There is no doubt about it."
She said a lot of other measures are being taken and gave the example of RTI.
The president said the world was seeing that "despite such a big country, India is implementing RTI, which is very important thing".
She also talked about the Amending Protocol to Double Taxation Treaty inked with Switzerland recently.
"India is very keen on it... I took up the issue with Switzerland also. So all measures which are necessary to curb corruption and combat corruption, the government of India taking and that is why India is actively considering becoming a member of International Anti-corruption Academy," she said.
In a statement to the journalists on board the special plane, Patil said, "The session that I had with President Micheline Calmy-Rey, members of the Federal council of
Switzerland and with President Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Werner Faymann and the President of the National Council in Austria were meaningful and productive.
"I observed a clear desire on their part to expand and broaden the canvass of our bilateral relations."
She said she fully reciprocated these sentiments.
"We agreed to elevate our relationship with Switzerland to the level of privileged partnership. With Austria we agreed to widen and deepen our traditional partnership."
Patil said both countries agreed on expanding economic relations.
On the visit to European Organisation for Nuclear Research, famously known as CERN, Patil said she wanted to understand the ongoing cutting edge research of the premier organisation.
She said that increasing India's involvement in CERN is possible "including associate membership of CERN".
"When I asked about research to reduce solar energy costs, so necessary for its wider use in a sunshine rich country like India, the CERN Director said they would be happy to work with India in energy efficiency and in the avoidance of wastage in transmission and distribution," she said.
According to the president, both countries also acknowledged that India's candidacy for a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council was unequivocally strong and legitimate.
New Delhi: Throwing her weight behind the supremacy of the Parliament, President Pratibha Patil on Saturday said the government was sincere in passing the Lokpal Bill.
"Definitely, that is the best way. And it should happen that way. I feel so," she told reporters on Friday during her return from Switzerland and Austria tour.