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Updated: February 4, 2014 01:22 IST

Delhi Cabinet clears Jan Lokpal Bill

    Sowmiya Ashok
    Vishal Kant
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Delhi PWD Minister Manish Sisodia. Delhi Cabinet on Monday cleared the draft of the much talked-about Jan Lokpal bill which provides for covering all public servants -- from chief minister to Group D employees. File photo
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Delhi PWD Minister Manish Sisodia. Delhi Cabinet on Monday cleared the draft of the much talked-about Jan Lokpal bill which provides for covering all public servants -- from chief minister to Group D employees. File photo

The Delhi Cabinet on Monday cleared the ‘Delhi Lokpal Bill, 2014’ that aims to bring all public servants– from the Chief Minister to all Group D employees – under its ambit with no safeguards or “special privileges” extended even to the Chief Minister’s Office. The Bill will be tabled in the Assembly to be convened on February 13 without sending it to the Home Ministry for approval as has been the convention so far.

The Bill was passed at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, fulfilling a key election promise made to voters by the Aam Aadmi Party. Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia hailed the passage of the Bill as a “historic moment” and told reporters that the Bill ensures time-bound investigations and filing of charge sheet. The Bill also guarantees legal protection to whistleblowers and witnesses who will speak up against corruption.

“For the first time, every honest officer will be rewarded each year and encouraged to continue working honestly,” said Mr. Sisodia, adding that the government will bring in a policy that will ensure special rewards and incentives to honest officers.

Mr. Sisodia acknowledged the “progressive nature” of a similar Bill passed by the Uttarakhand Assembly in 2011, on which the Delhi Lokpal is loosely based, but said the former has limitation in filing complaints against the CM and Ministers.

The selection panel for the appointment of the Lokpal chairperson and members is transparent and free of political control, he said, adding it will have only a single government nominee - the Chief Minister.

The Lokpal, which will have the power to initiate suo motu investigation on a complaint from an individual, will also go after business entities that are beneficiaries of an offence with the guilty having to pay a fine up to five times the loss caused to the public exchequer. As per the draft, the Lokpal institution will have a chairperson and 10 members.

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Way to go !! Its the win of right intentions..I don't see someone has
bypass the rules/System... So far political parties have been adopting
the long way to showcase that they want to do something...but in reality
there were no intentions of doing that ... It was only possible by right
people with right intentions ..great move .. with this move my belief in
AAP has multiplied....Looking forward for "Swaraj model" too ....

from:  Sudhanshu Saxena
Posted on: Feb 4, 2014 at 12:21 IST

It's a great step forward. AAP is on the way of showing the whole political class that, how it does not matter, what they say when, one has got a clear conscience, correct intentions and a will to keep moving.

from:  Shailesh
Posted on: Feb 4, 2014 at 10:13 IST

Way to go AAP!!!

from:  Jagadeesh
Posted on: Feb 4, 2014 at 10:12 IST

They don’t want to pass the bill; they only want to draw political
mileage by posing as messiahs and other parties as opposed to the bill. The bill has been drafted in such a manner that the Delhi lokpal will never be in place. The law says that before any bill is placed before Delhi assembly, it has to be cleared by the central government. Arvind Kejriwal is very much aware of this fact. And he is also aware that many of the provisions of the bill will not be approved by the
central government because they are against the law for example bringing DDA employees under the bill. Still he is pushing the bill in the assembly. When it is rightly rejected, he will say congress and BJP don’t want the lokpal. This is treachery. Why can’t he involve all parties and do things with proper procedure so that the goal is achieved? The draft should be discussed with political parties if not the public. But his goal is another dharna alleging that the central government does not want a strong lokpal.

from:  R P Arora
Posted on: Feb 4, 2014 at 09:03 IST

I hope the Jan Lokpal Bill of Delhi Govt. has also some provisions for
the privacy of any person accused. while the heavy fine and jail term
for frivolous accusations is laudable, it is not clear if it will apply
in cases where due to lack of 'sufficient' evidence or in the opinion
of Lokpals the accused cannot be punished for any reason. In such cases
the name of the accused will forever tarnished. Because of this lacuna,
it will also be necessary to give some protection to the accused till
he is convicted. Once conviction is announced wide publicity should be
given to the case, the accuser and the accused to deter other
government servants from indulging in corruption.

from:  Subramanian Venkatraman
Posted on: Feb 4, 2014 at 04:53 IST

This bill reads great. It all depends on how it is implemented in
reality. Delhiites will have to come forward and raised complaints
against corruption though their JanLokPal.

from:  Mukundan Raman
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 23:50 IST

Keep it up AAP.i am a keen follower of politics.i have never seen a party already fulfilling nearly 50% of its election manifesto.
No doubt there may be some teething problems.
i cannot understand why instead of appreciating many people have started criticizing instead of encouraging.probably we are used to the rotten parties who are at the helm.fairness demands that at least 6-8 momths is required to judge them.
all remaining parties do not remember their manifesto

from:  DR.ABID
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 23:45 IST

A commendable step which shows that correct intentions is all we
need to clean the political mess in our country. I hope people
compare this bill with gujarat's lokayukt bill and then they can
gauge the intentions of both the chief ministers.

from:  ajay chauhan
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 23:34 IST

Remarkable achievement by AAP. Still a long way to go to implement such laws throughout the country!

from:  Pardha Saradhi
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 23:18 IST

The important message is that AAP is serious with their plans and the country welfare. Great things - in current circumstances.

from:  Avinash Baranwal
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 22:40 IST

I hope this will change the future of delhi and eventually india.
People who criticizes AAP should know that AAP does not have any
magic stick to change the policies overnight and specially with all
corrupt leaders hindering him.

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 22:38 IST

something bold it is..! well done

from:  dayakarsama
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 22:07 IST

Congratulations to the AAP party for the efforts. Perhaps Anna Hazare could not have achieved this. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal deserves all the praise for this and people behind him. Till now our politicians used to feel they are above law and can do whatever they like, instead of acknowledging that they are elected by the people and are servants of the people. This has given room for protection and promotion of frauds. Now immediate requirement is massive expansion of judiciary and jails.

from:  B S GANESH
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 22:02 IST

great work aam admi party and arvind kejriwal, hats off.

from:  ashish kumar meena
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:54 IST

I do not understand this statement: "He said government will not send the bill to the Home Ministry for approval. Sources said the Law Department had mentioned in its noting that there as per existing norms, Delhi government has to get clearance from the Home Ministry before tabling any bill." So then how are they going to pass the bill without going through the home ministry?

from:  kirit
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:46 IST

I heard it needs, LG , home minister and President approval..

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:45 IST

Now all the corrupt parties and officials with corporates try to bring
down the Delhi government

from:  Raj
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:45 IST

AAP is living up to its promises and hope will continue do the good work.All the very best Arvind Kejriwal!!! India, especially educated and sensible people of India are always with you, Pl go ahead and do whatever you want to cleanse the rotten system in India!!!

from:  Gopal T
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:29 IST

What now? Put it up in a showcase for display? How are they going to get
it made into Legal Statute? Without the Lt Governor & home Ministry
approval, it is not worth the paper it is printed on?

from:  Mensadoc
Posted on: Feb 3, 2014 at 21:04 IST
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