Santhanam Committee

Why constituted? The Committee on Prevention of Corruption, consisting of the Parliamentarian K. Santhanam as the Chairman, four other MPs, and two senior officers, was appointed by the Government of India in 1962. It was asked to examine the various aspects of Corruption in Government departments and recommend measures to check it. However, the subject of political corruption (i.e., ministerial-level corruption) was kept outside its terms of reference. The Santhanam Committee submitted its report in 1964. It said that the discretionary powers enjoyed by the civil servants led to harassment, malpractices, and corruption. The government accepted 106 out of 137 recommendations made by the Committee.

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