Lokpal - from father to son
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
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
"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.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Over 60 cadets killed in Pakistan police academy attack
- DNA: Terrorists' new strategy of snatching weapons from Indian security personnel
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi's ''progressive'' remark on triple talaq
- Panel discussion over vote bank politics on Hinduism
- Panel discussion over delayed development in Ayodhya
- Explosion in Delhi's Naya Bazar, one killed; anti-terror wing, Special cell at spot
- WATCH: Akhilesh Yadav's emotional speech revealing the real reason behind Samajwadi Party crisis; he was about to cry
- India vs New Zealand: Awestruck Kiwis witness MS Dhoni driving his Hummer in Ranchi, and photo goes viral
- Lashkar-e-Toiba claims responsibility for Uri attack in posters pasted in Pakistan town
- Naya Bazar explosion: Home Ministry seeks report from Delhi Police; one dead, 5 injured