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Discretionary powers of ministers abolished: FM

A wide range of discretionary powers enjoyed by ministers at the Centre are being abolished, FM Pranab Mukherjee disclosed.



New Delhi: A wide range of
discretionary powers enjoyed by ministers at the Centre are
being abolished, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee disclosed
here on Saturday.

Mukherjee, who chaired a Group of Ministers (GoM) on
dealing with corruption, said that the group had submitted its
recommendations which were now now being processed for
implementation by the Ministry of Law and Department of
Personnel and Training (DoPT).

The discretionary powers of ministers that have been
given up include discretionary funds at the hands some
ministries like the Social Welfare Ministry, he said in an
interview.

Discretionary allotment of gas pumps and issue of gas
coupons have already been done away with.

However, he clarified that the quota of Government of
India in medical seats for students from countries like Bhutan
and Nepal and appointments of non-official directors of banks
did not not fall under the discretionary powers of ministers
but collective decision making of the government through the
Appointments Committee of Cabinet.

In a radical blueprint to tackle corruption, he said
court cases and departmental proceedings against corrupt
public servants would be fast tracked, and cases for sanction
of their prosecution will be decided within three months.

PTI

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