Lokpal - from father to son

Last Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 19:44

New Delhi: Father coined the word `Lokpal`
way back in 1963 and his son now heads the Standing Committee
of Parliament which is entrusted with the job of looking into
the Lokpal Bill against corruption.

It was L M Singhvi, a young independent member of Lok
Sabha, who for the first time on April 3, 1963, while
participating in a debate suggested the word Lokpal, which was
the Indian version of "ombudsman", a Scandinavian word for a
"grievance man".

The interesting piece of information was given in Rajya
Sabha by Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley today.

"It is a coincidence that his very distinguished son, Dr
Abhishek Manu Singhvi, now has to prepare the final draft of
this bill.

"I am sure, he will keep in mind the great heritage, not
only his personal, but also of this concept, and strengthen
the Bill in order to maintain this very strong heritage as far
as this Bill is concerned," Jaitley said.

The Lokpal Bill was first introduced in 1968 by then Home
Minister Y B Chavan. Jaitley said it was even passed by the
Lok Sabha in 1969.

The concept of Lokpal was first brought out in 1966 by
Administrative Reforms Commission which recommended the
establishment of a Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill.

Jaitley said even the concept of Citizens Charter or
public grievances is not a new system. This was also a part of
the 1968 bill introduced by Chavan.

L M Singhvi was an Indian jurist and diplomat was elected
to Rajya Sabha (1998-2004) as a BJP member.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 19:44

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