Three years of BJP government and still no Lokpal

The institution of Lokpal is yet to become functional, since the Act needs some amendments to resolve certain issues relating to appointment of chairperson and members of Lokpal

GN Bureau | April 6, 2017


#Common Cause   #BJP   #black money   #corruption   #Anna Hazar   #Lokpal Bill   #Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act  



In a little over a month, the BJP government would be completing three years in office. Yet, there is no sign of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas who would have battled black money.
 
Wondering why? Well, the sticking point is that there is no Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha. The rules are quite clear: the biggest opposition party has to have at least 10 percent of the total strength of the Lok Sabha, or 55 seats, to be eligible for the post. The Congress has 44 MPs, followed by J Jayalalithaa's AIADMK at 37.
 
So, for three long years, thanks to this technicality this country did not get the Lokpal for which Anna Hazare led a mass movement in 2011.
 
An upset Anna Hazare shot off a letter on March 30 to prime minister Narendra Modi, saying “After your government came to power, one began to believe that the demand for Lokpal will be fulfilled. That, however, hasn't happened."
 
“I was silent for three years but the time has come to relaunch the agitation against corruption. The non-implementation of the Lokpal Act is a great insult to the sentiment of the people," said Hazare


 
As things stand today, there is little hope in sight. The ruling party is gearing up for the 2019 general election after a fantastic victory in the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls and there is not even a murmur about the Lokpal.
 
 
NGO Common Cause noted that The Lokpal & Lokayuktas Act, 2013 finally came into effect on January 16, 2014. More than forty four years had elapsed since the first Lokpal Bill was passed by the 4th Lok Sabha and allowed to lapse, as the Rajya Sabha could not pass it before the dissolution of the former. The subsequent versions of the Bill could not progress even this far because the piloting governments demonstrated a lack of commitment to the concept of an overarching, independent integrity institution.
 
Union minister Jitendra Singh informed during the current session of parliament that “The institution of Lokpal is yet to become functional, since the Act needs some amendments, inter alia, to resolve certain issues relating to appointment of Chairperson and Members of Lokpal, etc. in the absence of a Leader of Opposition recognized as such in the Lok Sabha”.
 
Accordingly, Lokpal and Lokayuktas and other related law (Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in Lok Sabha on December 18, 2014. The same was referred to the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice which has submitted its report on December 7, 2015 in the parliament. The recommendations are under consideration.
 
As per the provisions of Section 63 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013: “Every State shall establish a body to be known as the Lokayukta for the State, if not so established, constituted or appointed, by a law made by the State Legislature, to deal with complaints relating to corruption against certain public functionaries, within a period of one year from the date of commencement of this Act.”
 
Thus, Section 63 of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 stipulates that it is the sole prerogative of the state government concerned to enact law in this regard. So, establishment of the institution of the Lokayukta including any appointment therein falls within the domain of the states, the minister said.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Covid-19 has increased nutrition gap. Public feeding programmes need to be enhanced

One of the most significant setbacks from the massive upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic is its effect on food and nutrition security. The pandemic has compounded the already rampant social inequity by adversely affecting the socio-economic status of millions of families across the nation. In the giv

Do you know these hidden forces behind your economic and business decisions?

Predictably Irrational By Dan Ariely Harper Perennial, 384 pages, Revised edition: 2010 In this meticulously researched work, Israel-American psychologist and behavioural economist Dan Ariely [h

Social media guidelines: All you need to know about the change

Amidst growing concerns around lack of transparency, accountability and rights of users related to digital media, the government has framed ‘Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code’ after elaborate consultation with the public and stakeholders, to have a “harmonious, soft-touch oversight

PLI scheme to boost IT hardware manufacturing

A production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme with a cost of Rs 7,350 crore over four years was approved by the union cabinet Wednesday, aiming to boost domestic manufacturing and attract global investment in IT hardware like laptops, tablets, PCs and servers. The scheme extends an incentive of

Govt could’ve done more to support film industry: Ramesh Sippy

Lamenting the fact that the government has not done enough to uplift cinema halls badly affected by pandemic-induced lockdown and get back audiences to theatres, legendary filmmaker Ramesh Sippy has said that the film industry needs a revival package and larger government support than that announced in the

Genius of Ghalib, equally at home in solving murder mystery

Murder at the Mushaira By Raza Mir Aleph / 344 pages / Rs 799 While Indian-English writing has achieved great heights in literary fiction, that achievement is ye

Visionary Talks series with Ramesh Sippy, On The Future Of Cinema



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter