Lokayuktas want NGOs under their jurisdiction

Last Updated: Friday, November 9, 2012 - 22:10

New Delhi: Sixteen Lokayuktas have recommended to the Centre that NGOs getting government fund should be brought under jurisdiction of the anti-corruption watchdog.

The recommendation, finalised at last week`s All India Lokayukta Conference here, has been sent to Union Law Minister along with a number of other recommendations.

"The Lokayuktas felt that there is a dire need to include within the ambit of Lokayuktas the scrutiny of NGOs depending primarily on government or state funding," Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin told reporters about what transpired at the conference.

The Centre had frozen the accounts of 32 NGOs and banned 72 other voluntary organisations from receiving foreign fund for alleged irregularities.

The government had referred 24 cases of alleged irregularities to CBI while 10 cases have been given to state police.

The recommendations include making the Lokayuktas the nodal agency for receiving all graft complaints and conferring it jurisdiction over probe agencies like at state-level.

The recommendations also include brining bureaucrats under the ambit of the Lokayuktas, vesting them with powers of search and seizure and powers to initiate contempt proceedings and ensuring their administrative and financial autonomy.

PTI




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