The 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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Where: Lok Sabha
When: 27 July 2016
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