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Delhi Assembly passes amended Jan Lokpal Bill

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New Delhi: A day after the Delhi cabinet cleared two amendments to the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill 2015, AAP’s anti-corruption legislation was passed in the state assembly on Friday.

The amendments were in line with those proposed by social activist Anna Hazare, who Aam Aadmi Party leaders had visited after the bill was tabled in the assembly.

AAP’s founding members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav have slammed Kejriwal for introducing a “watered down” version of the Jan Lokpal Bill which is “powerless and not independent enough” to take on the scourge of corruption.

One amendment proposed a seven-member panel to select two members and chairperson in the institution of Jan Lokpal.

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The original bill said the panel consisting chief minister, leader of opposition, assembly speaker and Delhi High Court chief justice will select the members and chair of Jan Lokpal.

Now, the proposed new members will include another judge from the high court, any eminent personality selected the rest of the committee members and the Lokpal chairman from the next term.

For removal of Lokpal, there would be a high court enquiry first before referring the matter to the assembly, two-thirds of the Delhi assembly can vote to remove the Lokpal.

(With inputs from agencies)

(Image: Aam Aadmi Party/Facebook)

  • Rakesh Manchanda

    It appears Arvind Kejriwal has decided to dishonour and dodge Justice Santosh Hegde and Anna recommendation for Lokpal 2014 instead of these incomplete clever amendments which makes the bill still ineffective.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom.

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A global anti-corruption watchdog says the United States has dropped four spots in its list of nations’ anti-corruption efforts and is now no longer listed in the top 20 for the first time.

Acting U.S. Representative at Transparency International, Zoe Reiter, calls a four point drop in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) a “red flag.”

She says it comes at a time when the U.S. is experiencing “threats to its system of checks and balances” and an “erosion of ethical norms at the highest levels of power.”

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“If this trend continues, it would indicate a serious corruption problem in a country that has taken a lead on the issue globally,” Reiter says.

The United States scored a 71 in the perceptions index after scoring 75 the previous year.

“The expert opinion captured by the CPI supports the deep concern over corruption in government reported by America in our 2017 survey. Both experts and the public believe the situation is getting worse,” Reiter said.

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Transparency International uses several criteria for measuring how well a country is fighting corruption, including checks and balances on political power, controls on conflicts of interest and private influence on government, and voter suppression.

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For the 2018 index, 180 countries were surveyed. Denmark and New Zealand topped the list while Somalia, Syria, and South Sudan were at the bottom. (VOA)