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Lokpal Bill

Background



  • The Jan Lokpal Bill also referred as citizen's ombudsman bill.

  • The Jan Lokpal Bill aims to effectively deter corruption, readdress grievances of citizens, and protect whistle-blowers. If made into law, the bill would create an independent ombudsman body called Lokpal (Sanskrit: protector of the people).It would be empowered to register and investigate complaints of corruption against politicians and bureaucrats without prior government approval.

  • In April 2011, civil activist Anna Hazare started a Satyagraha movement by commencing an indefinite fast in New Delhi to demand the passing of bill. Movement attracted attention of media, and hundreds of thousands of supporters, in part due to the organizational skills of Arvind Kejriwal. Following Hazare's four day hunger strike, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that the bill would be re-introduced in 2011 monsoon session of the Parliament.


Features of proposed bill



  • To establish a central government anti-corruption institution called Lokpal, supported by Lokayukta at the state level. As in the case of the Supreme Court and Cabinet Secretariat, Lokpal will be supervised by the Cabinet Secretary and the Election Commission. As a result, it will be completely independent of the government and free from ministerial influence in its investigations.

  • Members will be appointed by judges, Indian Administrative Service officers with a clean record, private citizens and constitutional authorities through a transparent and participator process.

  • A selection committee will invite short-listed candidates for interviews, video recordings of which will thereafter be made public.

  • Every month on its website, the Lokayukta will publish a list of cases dealt with , brief details of each, their outcome and any action taken or proposed. It will also publish lists of all cases received by the Lokayukta during the previous month, cases dealt with and those which are pending.

  • Investigations of each case must be completed in one year. Any resulting trials should be concluded in the following year, giving a total maximum process time of two years.

  • Losses to the government by a corrupt individual will be recovered at the time of conviction.

  • Government office work required by a citizen that is not completed within a prescribed time period will result in Lokpal imposing financial penalties on those responsible, which will then be given as compensation to the complainant.

  • Complaints against any officer of Lokpal will be investigated and completed within month and, if found to be substantive, will result in the officer being dismissed within two months.

  • The existing anti-corruption agencies [CVC], departmental vigilance and the anti-corruption branch of the [CBI] will be merged into Lokpal which will have complete power authority to independently investigate and prosecute any officer, judge or politician.

  • Whistle blowers who alert the agency to potential corruption cases will also be provided with protection by it.

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Added by: Jay sharma



Point:

What are the drawbacks of this bill?





Date: 2016-11-10 04:37:58

Added by: PRASOON GUPTA



Point:

Janlokpal is not only the way to stop the corruption, corruption can be eliminate from the start point,ie from society then district then state and then finally to whole country,it is not easier as it look like to remove corruption easily,corruption is like a worm that eats our country,so to eradicate corruption we have to fight from the initial stage.





Date: 2016-04-24 07:53:51

Added by: zaheer abbas



Point:

although it is a very good iniative that govt. has taken. but the question arises here when it will be implemented and when we the common peoples are going to see its outcomes. every small change starts not from "us" but from "me" so its a personal responsibility of all of us ton daelwith these kinds of issues





Date: 2015-09-19 15:04:22

Added by: Avinash Kumar



Point:

every day or another we come to know about varoius big and small scams in our country. common people have to face much problem because in even small official works they are directly asking for bribes.so in order to make the system more transparent, lokpal bill can be a very effective instrument.





Date: 2015-09-06 17:32:07

Added by: Shubhankar Roy



Point:

Lokapal is a must .It will put a record on every individual whether he is a politician ,an IAS officer or a normal citizen.It will generate a fear to be caught and unleashing themselves in front of the citizens of India.





Date: 2015-09-05 12:32:00

Added by: Aryan Rawat CaR



Point: To my mind Lokpal bill should be passed because in India corruption is a big problem and if lokpal bill will passed then corruption might decrease.Rules



Date: 2015-08-25 22:39:01

Added by: neha yadav



Point: according to my view lokpal bill can help devlopment of country..to establish a anti corruption institute is known as lokpal bill...in india corruption is increasing day by day....i wnt to give a example..vyapam case... i think everybody heard about this topic...many corrupt offical at board took many to recruitment for goverment jobs and admission for good institute....so personaly i believe lokpal bill should be establish in india



Date: 2015-08-16 12:18:04

Added by: shakthi



Point: I strongly support this Lokpal bill as I wish India to be a corruptionless country and encourage and award the dedicated government employees for doing their works by not getting any bride.



Date: 2015-08-13 14:52:07

Added by: Rakesh



Point: The only remedy for the corruption is death penalty to corrutor.Nothing fear the people more than death.



Date: 2015-07-12 05:51:34

Added by: Aravindhan skanda



Point: India needs a change and it can be brought by Lok pal



Date: 2015-04-27 21:21:48