The government will go by the laid-down rules in deciding on appointments to the posts of Lokpal, CVC and other statutory authorities with the Leader of Opposition, who is a member of the selection panel for choosing them, not having been designated for the Lower House.
All central government employees, except those working as peons or multi tasking staff, need to declare their assets and liabilities and those of their spouses and dependent children as mandatory obligation under Lokpal Act, the Centre has said.
Amid controversy over the Leader of Opposition (LoP) post, anti-corruption activists have emphasised its importance saying that the post is essential to end the government`s dominance in Lokpal selection panel.
While the ruling BJP and the Congress party have fought over the Leader of Opposition`s (LoP) post in the recent past, the Supreme Court on Friday stressed on the position`s importance in governance and agreed to interpret it.
Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Centre on a petition for making the appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC)and Vigilance Commissioners (VCs) more transparent by seeking applications through public advertisement on the lines of Lokpal.
Raising the pitch over the Leader of Opposition issue in Lok Sabha, Congress on Thursday said it will be "undemocratic" if the ruling party ignores its say in the appointment of Lokpal and other such key decisions.
Confrontation between Congress and BJP on top-level appointments escalated on Friday with government declaring it was "not a caretaker" entity and will continue to take decisions till the last day as BJP raised objections to naming of CICs, Lokpal and a judge to head snoopgate inquiry by a "lame-duck" ministry.
The Centre has declined to divulge details of persons who have applied for the posts of chairperson and members of anti-corruption body Lokpal, saying these are "personal" in nature and cannot be disclosed.