The institution of Lokpal is fully functional: Dr Jitendra Singh

Dr Jitendra Singh

The institution of Lokpal is fully functional: Dr Jitendra Singh

Lokpal (Complaint) Rules, 2020 notified in Gazette of India on 02.03.2020.

The institution of Lokpal is fully functional. The President, on the recommendation of the duly constituted Selection Committee, appointed the Chairperson and eight Members of the Lokpal who assumed charge of their offices on 23rd and 27th March, 2019 respectively.

The Lokpal is an independent statutory body established under Section 3 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013. In terms of Section 48 of the said Act, the Lokpal is required to present annually to the President a report on the work done by it, which is caused to be laid in both the Houses of the Parliament. Since the Lokpal was operationalized at the fag end of March, 2019, no such report has been submitted by the Lokpal. Hence, details of the cases registered and action taken thereon by the Lokpal are not available.

In a related subject, the Government today informed that in exercise of the powers conferred by section 59 read with section 2(1) (e) of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, the Lokpal (Complaint) Rules, 2020 have been notified in Gazette of India on 02.03.2020. The said rules are already in the public domain, having been placed on the website of the Department of Personnel & Training.

The form for making a complaint has been devised keeping in view various provisions of the Act relating to processing of the complaints and the same is annexed to the rules.

This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in written reply to questions in Lok Sabha today.

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