Law Ministry proposes setting up of Indian Regulatory Service

Last Updated: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 20:05

New Delhi: At a time when the issue of
corruption has taken the centre stage, an Indian Regulatory
Service on the lines of IAS and IPS has been mooted by the Law
Ministry.

The proposal to set up the Regulatory Service is part of
a 10-point governance reform agenda prepared by the Ministry
to streamline implementation of regulatory laws.
According to the document, a pool of experts drawn from
different fields will form the backbone of the new service.

Experts in various fields, its cadre will help government
handle regulatory issues at district, state and central level,
sources told agency.

The document suggests instead of giving the task of
handling regulating issues to retired bureaucrats and former
judges, experts drawn from various fields should be encouraged
to join the service.

"The idea of Regulatory Services is in its infancy. The
details are yet to be worked out," a senior Law Ministry
functionary said.

The Law Ministry had recently made a presentation of its
Agenda document before Sam Pitroda, Adviser to the Prime
Minister on Public Information Infrastructure and Innovations.
A couple of months ago, Chief Justice of India S H
Kapadia had urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to consider
introducing an Indian Regulatory Service on the lines of IAS
and IPS.

"This is very important step because we need experts...
You can`t have a commissioner of income tax sitting in SEBI
(Securities and Exchange Board of India) deciding certain
matters. We need experts in regulatory laws by which a common
man will get the benefit," Justice Kapadia had said at the
17th Commonwealth Law Conference in Hyderabad.

The 10-point agenda also envisages capping a bureaucrat`s
term to 20 years and seeks reforms in allocation of mining and
land rights.

According to the ministry, all new recruitments to
central government jobs should be for 20 years and any
extension beyond that would depend on the outcome of intense
review.

It also suggested several transparent systems for
exploitation of natural mineral resources, which include a
comprehensive survey of all mining blocks, allocation of
mining leases through competitive process such as electronic
auctions and imposition of export tax to discourage export of
raw minerals.

PTI



First Published: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 20:05

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