Hyderabad: Contending that the Lokpal Bill in its present form as envisaged by the Government of India falls short of high expectations in has generated in the country, leaders of Forum for Good Governance and six other Civil Society organisations have urged the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to strengthen it further.
In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister today, copies of which released at a media meet here, the organisations wanted the institution of Lokpal should be made an independent body with powers to take cognizance of cases suo motto and initiate investigations. “There should be no need of reference or permission from any other authority with powers to initiate prosecution against any one and order disciplinary proceedings against any government servant. It should have unfettered powers to recover government loss and/or confiscate the unaccounted wealth in corruption cases”.
They further suggested that the Lokpal should have jurisdiction over politicians and bureaucrats. The CVC and functionary jurisdiction of CBI dealing with cases of corruption, should be brought under the jurisdiction of Lokpal. A five member Selection committee comprising of the Prime Minister as Chairperson and the Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha and three retired Judges of Supreme Court as members should select the members of Lokpal by consensus. The Lokpal would consist of ten members and one Chairperson. Members of the Lokpal should be persons of eminence in public life with impeccable integrity besides wide knowledge in law, social service, administration and governance, they pleaded.
Mr M Padmanabha Reddy, Secretary, Forum for Good Governance, Dr Rao Chelikani of United Forum for Resident Welfare Associations, Mr S Srinivasa Reddy, Director, Association of people for Social Action, Mr V Lamshmana Reddy, president, Jana Chaitnya Vedika, Dr K Padmanabhaiah, former Home Secretary and representative of United Forum for RTI Campaign, and Dr Sivaji of Manochaitanya Human Services were the dignitaries to the letter addressed to the Prime minister. (NSS)