Under pressure from civil society, the Government of India is contemplating a legislation to deal with conflicts of interest. In 2013, a Private Member’s Bill on Prevention and Management of Conflicts of Interest was introduced in the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha but lapsed without discussion.
Following this, the ‘Working Group on Conflict of Interest Legislation and Policies’ led by the Alliance Against Conflict of Interest (AACI) convened a national consultation in Delhi on the 13th September 2014. IPH staff member Dr. Neethi V Rao was invited to be a participant at that consultation based on her research on conflicts of interest in tobacco control in India. Subsequently she has continued to participate in the process of drafting and advocating for a new legislation on the Prevention and Management of Conflicts of Interest in India.