Panel recommends delinking Lokayuktas from Lokpal

A Parliamentary Committee has recommended delinking creation of Lokayuktas from the Lokpal Bill, a provision that was strongly opposed by political parties including those supporting the UPA. The Rajya Sabha Select Committee on the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 has, however, said the state governments will have to set up their own ombudsman through enactment of law by the state legislatures within one year of commencement of this law. The Committee’s recommendation is seen as a major concession to Opposition parties and UPA allies, which had termed the original provision as an attack on federal structure saying the state governments should be free to enact their own law regarding state-level ombudsman. The Lokpal Bill, whose passage was stalled in Rajya Sabha during the last winter session, had a provision for the appointment of a Lokayukta in every state under the central law.PTI