Some key features of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill 2011

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Manmohan Pranab
New Delhi, Dec 22: The Lokpal draft approved by the Union Cabinet will be tabled on Thursday, Dec 22 in Lok Sabhha. Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare and main opposition party BJP has already terming the Bill as a betrayal and cruel joke on the citizens of India.

Here are some key features of the Lokpal and Lokayukta bill 2011:

1. The Lokpal bill has two parts: First part is constitution amendment bill which seeks to provide constitutional status to Lokpal.

2. The second part seeks to set up the institution of Lokpal and Lokayuktas, which will act as anti-corruption agencies in states.

3. Lokpal will have nine members including a chairperson who is or has been a Chief Justice of India, or has been a judge of Supreme court or an eminent person.

4. Fifty percent of the members of Lokpal shall be persons belonging to SC, ST , OBC and women.

5. Prime Minister will be chairperson of the selection committee which will appoint Lokpal and its members. It will comprise of Speaker of the house, Leader of opposition, Chief justice of India or a judge of Supreme court nominated by him, one eminent jurist nominated by the president.

6. The Lokayukta in every state will consist of a chairperson and eight other members.

7. Lokayukta and other members will be appointed by governor of which CM of the state will be chairman of the selection committee.

8. The Lokpal will be accountable to Parliament.

9. The Central Bureau of Investigation will not be controlled administratively by Lokpal.

10. Lokpal shall constitute as an inquiry wing. Provided that till such time it is constituted central government shall make available such number of officers and other staff from its ministries or departments.

11. Lokapal shall also constitute as a prosecution wing. Provided that till such time it is constituted central government shall make available such number of officers and other staff from its ministries or departments.

12. Lokpal cannot have power to initiate proceedings against an officer on its own; a complaint has to be lodged with the ombudsman before it orders an inquiry.

13. Jurisdiction of Lokpal to include PM, Ministers, MP, Groups A, B, C and D officials of central government.

14. Lokpal will have no jurisdiction as far as PM is concerned with issues related to international relations, external and internal security, public order, atomic energy and space.

15. Lokpal has the power to recommend central government transfer and suspension of public servant with allegation of corruption.

16. Lokpal can recommended corruption cases to agencies like Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and will have to submit report to Lokpal after an inquiry.

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