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Staff Reporter

Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Dr Jitendra Singh on Sunday reiterated that Narendra Modi Government was committed to uphold, preserve and strengthen the independence and autonomy of CBI and all such other investigating institutions.

Speaking at the Investiture Ceremony at CBI Headquarters in New Delhi, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, zero-tolerance for corruption, transparency and citizen centricity are the three main Mantras that determine the administrative outlook of the government. He said, irrespective of ideological beliefs, it is the collective responsibility of all to strengthen institutions like CBI, as these institutions also contribute to strengthening the nation’s resolve to achieve the ultimate goal of incorruptibility in society. The Minister said, to fulfil the commitment of zero tolerance against corruption and unaccounted money, a range of initiatives have been taken by the Modi government over the last 7 years.

Dr. Singh also expressed concern over certain States withdrawing the general consent to CBI to investigate cases but nevertheless holding on the prerogative to give selective consent where it suits them. He called for wider introspection by the polity, the society and the nation at large whether this is the kind of propriety which is to be followed by a ruling government in a State. He emphasized that these State Governments have to come clear and state whether they trust CBI or not, or whether they trust CBI selectively as they continue to give selective consent in cases which suit them.

The Minister called upon these State governments to rethink on the decision of withdrawal of general consent to CBI to investigate cases.

Speaking on the occasion, CBI Director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal reiterated unflinching commitment of CBI to work towards the national goal of Zero Tolerance against Corruption. He stated that CBI has over the years evolved into a multidisciplinary premier investigating agency of the country inducting professionals from different fields.