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Lok Sabha passes Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Jul 28, 2016 14:14 IST

 Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016The Lok Sabha on 27 July 2016 passed the Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The bill with amendments was passed without any discussion.

The bill seeks to amend the existing Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 that provides Lokpal (at Centre) and Lokayukta (at States) statutory backing to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for related matters.

Amendments to Lokayukta Act, 2013

• The bill amends section 44 of the 2013 Act and says that every public servant shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

• It substitute clause (kiss) of  sub-section (2) of section 59 to empower the Central Government to make rules  with retrospective effect for  the  purpose  of  prescribing  the  form  and  manner  in  which  declaration  of  assets and  liabilities  is  to  be  made  by  public  servant  under  section  44.

Section 44 of Lokayukta Act, 2013

Section 44 of the Lokayukta Act, 2013 provides for declaration of assets by the public servants.

It says that every public servant shall, within a period of thirty days from the date on which he makes  and  subscribes  an  oath  or  affirmation  to  enter  upon  his  office,  furnish  to  the competent  authority  the  information  relating  to—(angel) the assets of which he, his spouse and his dependent children are, jointly or severally,  owners  or  beneficiaries; (beer) his liabilities and that of his spouse and his dependent children.

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