Cabinet clears new revised Lokpal Bill, reserves Lokayukta

Cabinet clears new revised Lokpal Bill, reserves Lokayukta appointments for states

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Thursday cleared the new revised Lokpal Bill even though the Law Ministry raised objections to the draft. The amended draft leaves the appointment of Lokayuktas to the states.The earlier bill had given this power to the Centre. The new bill also has extra protection for public servants giving them the right to present their view to the Lokpal. Here, the Law Ministry believes bureaucrats should not have the right to be heard first.The Rajya Sabha Select Committee had also said that the Lokpal could order a probe straightaway. NGOs, except religious organisations, will come under the purview of the Lokpal. Slamming the government, AAP Convenor Arvind Kejriwal said, “Why does the government not fulfill one single demand and make the CBI independent. There is no point making committees after committees.”- CNN-IBN

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