Will government pass a strong Public Grievances Bill?

Aruna Roy
New Delhi, Nov 13: The Grievance Redress Bill, aims to takcle everyday delay in government offices which leads to corruption. The National Campaign for Peoples' Right to Information (NCPRI), a civil society group led by social activist like Aruna Roy and Nikhil Dey are demanding a different law through Grievance Redress Bill.

Meanwhile, NCPRI and government have prepared their own versions of the bill. But NCPRI strongly opposes some critical features of government version of the bill. Moreover, there is a big differences in both versions of the bill and the civil society group will soon send a letter to government mentioning their key demands.

According to the NCPRI bill, the appoinment of an independent district commisssioner to be the appellate authority at district level, but government version of the bill said department heads should be the first appellate authority.

NCPRI wants penalties to be imposed on the wrong doing officers but also compensation to be awarded to common man, waiting for goods and services to be delivered from government office. But, the government bill did not mentioned anything about compensation.

The civil body also proposed to establish Janata Sayata Kendras in every block, which will be an independent information and facilitation centre to provide important information on government schemes and also details about goods services to be delivered from government offices. But government wants specific government department as information faclitation centre and not independent centre.

Now, winter session of Parliament in Dec, hopefully will decide how to tackle common man's corruption woes- will it be under Lokpal or a different bill on the demands of NCPRI.

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