New Delhi headed to become first corruption free city – Jan Lokpal
The AAP government of Delhi cleared the Jan Lokpal bill on Wednesday, claiming it was same to the one that in fact failed to become a law during the AAP’s first term in public service for Delhi.
Major points of the Anti-Graft Law – The Jan Lokpal
- Investigation on any case to be completed in 3 months
- Corrupt Officials, bureaucrats will be punished within a year
- Found guilty for financial crimes,loss to the exchequer will be recovered from the corrupt.
- Delay in public services will be fined to responsible officer and will be awarded to the victim.
- No role of politicians in the selection of members of the Lokpal committee
- Office of Chief Minister will be under purview.
- Lokpal will be completely transparent.Any complaint against member of Lokpal will be investigated within 2 months, and will be dismissed in case found guilty.
“A strict Jan Lokpal which won’t be a slogan only, which willnot be limited to symbolism,that particular Jan Lokpal bill of the Anna Hazare movement has been cleared and passed by the New Delhi cabinet by name 2015 Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill . This is the same bill which came up during the Anna movement, without any modifications,” as per deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
The draft bill, among other provisions, also brings the office of the chief minister under its purview/reach and is in the lines of the Uttarakhand Lokpal Bill which confirms time bounded probe in graft cases.
Following the decision, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said the Jan Lokpal bill will be tabled in the assembly soon, while Deputy CM Manish Sisodia confirmed that the Business Advisory Committee will take a call on when to table the bill.
A senior government official confirmed that the government is making all possible efforts to get Jan Lokpal bill passed in currently ongoing Winter Session.
The Leader of Opposition from BJP,Vijender Gupta, who was earlier trying to corner the AAP government over non tabling of the bill on the floor of the House, said the move was out of compulsion by government.
Ajay Maken said that “Any dilution of the original form of the bill will NOT be acceptable to the UPA. The original bill that was laid during the first term of the AAP government last year should be brought.
The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) traces its roots to the anti-corruption Jan Lokpal movement which was headed by anti-graft social activist Anna Hazare. In its first term, the AAP had tabled the bill in the Assembly in Feb’2014.
However, Arvind Kejriwal resigned within 49 days of joining office on being unable to get support to get it passed.
Citizen charter is also believed to be tabled in Delhi Assembly this season.