Planning Commission favours independent, accountable Lokpal

Last Updated: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 21:31

New Delhi: Amid the public outcry over corruption, the Planning Commission on Saturday pitched for setting up independent, fair and accountable institutions like the Lokpal and Lokayuktas to deal with the menace.
"It is important that these new institutions (Lokpal and Lokayuktas) should function independently, fairly and be accountable," the Planning Commission said in its draft Approach Paper to the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).
The Paper was later approved at a meeting of the full Planning Commission, which was presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Paper said institutions like the Lokpal and Lokayuktas should be empowered to investigate complaints of corruption and file cases against those against whom there is a prima facie case.
"Such instituions could be supported by special courts who must take quick decisions on cases of corruption, so that effective and quick punishment is meted out quickly and acts as a deterrent," it said.
The Commission also noted that to address corruption its is necessary to prevent corruption through simplified procedures for delivery of public services, and introducing greater transparency in public procurement processes and allocation of scarce resources.
"As far as procurement processes are concerned, an Expert Committee on the subject has recommended enactment of a Public Procurement Act. This is in line with international practice in many countries and should be implemented," it said.


First Published: Saturday, August 20, 2011 - 21:31

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