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Thursday, August 18, 2011

GOVERNMENT'S LOK PAL BILL: Full text: Government's Lokpal Bill draft!

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New Delhi: The last meeting of the Lokpal Bill joint drafting committee on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement between the civil society members and the government on all points in the Lokpal Bill.

Here is the government's version of the Lokpal Bill:

The Lok Pal Bill 2011

A bill to provide for the establishment of the institution of Lokpal to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith.

WHEREAS the Constitution of India established a democratic Republic to ensure justice for all;

AND WHEREAS good governance is' the bedrock of democracy and the guarantee of development as a right of the citizen;

AND WHEREAS Parliament has progressively and incrementally contributed to the body of law to fulfil the aspirations of the citizens of India;

AND WHEREAS various institutions of governance as well as democratic institutions have worked to strengthen participatory democracy;

AND WHEREAS the rapid growth of democratic and economic institutions have brought new challenges of accountability and integrity in the course of governance;

AND WHEREAS graft and corruption have become a serious menace to society and governance;

AND WHEREAS serious concerns have been expressed about grave consequences of corruption in high places;

AND WHEREAS India is a signatory to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption;

AND WHEREAS the country's Commitment to clean and responsive governance has to be reflected in an effective institution to contain and punish acts of corruption;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is expedient to provide for prompt and fair investigation and prosecution of cases of corruption.
BE it enacted by Parliament in the Sixty-second Year of the Republic of India as follows:-



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1 comment:

  1. The major objection to this version is that Lok Pal would only a subordinate to the Government with no independent jurisdiction, as it also has to investigate complaints against the higher officers or the Government.

    Further, with no jurisdiction to investigate the Prime Minister the very purpose of the bill is defeated.

    Ideally the Chief Ombudsman of the Nation should be independent and with jurisdiction to investigate the PMs, the Union Ministers, MPs and the National level Bureaucracy, without any exemptions; only then the Lok Pal would give some meaningful service to the Nation.