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15th  August 2016
IMA and its Branches to be covered under Prevention of Corruption Act
A parliamentary committee has recommended making bribe giving an offence under the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act. The select committee studying the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and further amendments circulated by the government last year, has recommended that it be made mandatory for NGOs to have a proper anti-graft system in place that deters their employees from indulging in corrupt practices.
As of now, the PC Act only covers a public servant accepting a bribe, not the bribe giver. Giving bribe to a public servant is covered under the provision relating to abetment. Also, there is no specific provision dealing with companies and private individuals or NGOs giving bribes.
The bill proposes a jail term of up to 7 years for any private individual, corporate or a member of the NGO who tries to bribe a public servant. 
The scope of the bill has been widened to include middlemen, directors of a company and any other private individual or NGOs who is linked in the chain of payoffs.
Once passed the amendments will hold any commercial organization or NGO liable for failure to prevent persons associated with it from bribing a public servant. In other words the NGO can be held responsible for any corrupt acts of its employees.
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Govt. must consider levying additional tax on products with a high sugar, sodium, salt or tobacco content to reduce burden of lifestyle disease: HCFI & IMA​
New Delhi, August 14, 2016: In June 2016, the Government of Fiji increased taxes on tobacco, alcohol and sugar sweetened beverages as all lead to increased risk of developing NCDs. The tobacco and alcohol taxes have been increased by 18.5% and a new levy on sugar-sweetened drinks has been introduced. Mexico started a similar tax in 2014, which resulted in a 12% reduction in sugary drinks sales within a year of the tax being implemented.
“Indian Medical Association (IMA) & Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) commends this decision taken by both the governments to control these cardiovascular risk factors through taxation. We believe that a similar tax must also be imposed in India, which has seen a considerable rise in the number of lifestyle diseases over the past decade owing to the high stressed unhealthy lifestyle lived my majority of the population.
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