Lokpal And Lokayuktas Bill, 2013: Free eBook

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 is published as Act No.1 of 2014 in the Gazette of India, Extraordinary, Part-II, Section-1, dated the 1st January 2014. The Bill got the assent from President Pranab Mukherjee, providing for setting up of an anti-corruption watchdog. The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 17 and by the Lok Sabha the next day.

The object of the Bill is to set up a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states by State law enacted by respective legislatures within one year of coming into force of the Act.The Bill was first passed by the Lok Sabha in the winter session of 2011, but not by the Rajya Sabha, where it was debated and the house was adjourned before voting on it.Later, the Rajya Sabha Select Committee had suggested changes in the Bill, most of which are incorporated in the present Act.

Following are some important features of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill,  passed by Parliament:

  • Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta at the level of the states.
  • Lokpal will consist of a chairperson and a maximum of eight members, of which 50 per cent shall be judicial members.
  • 50 per cent of members of Lokpal shall be from SC/ST/OBCs, minorities and women.
  • The selection of chairperson and members of Lokpal shall be through a selection committee consisting of Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Chief Justice of India or a sitting Supreme Court judge nominated by CJI, eminent jurist to be nominated by the President of India on the basis of recommendations of the first four members of the selection committee.
  • Prime Minister has been brought under the purview of the Lokpal.
  • Lokpal’s jurisdiction will cover all categories of public servants.
  • All entities receiving donations from foreign source in the context of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in excess of Rs 10 lakh per year are brought under the jurisdiction of Lokpal.
  • Provides adequate protection for honest and upright public servants.
  • Lokpal will have power of superintendence and direction over any investigation agency including CBI for cases referred to them by Lokpal.
  • A high powered committee chaired by the Prime Minister will recommend selection of the Director, CBI.


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