The Lokpal and
Lokayuktas (Amendment) Bill was introduced and passed in Lok Sabha today. The Bill replaces Section 44 of the Act,
which required disclosures of assets by public servants. Further, it detailed
the manner and timelines of such disclosures (such as disclosures to include
that of spouse and dependent children, to be made by July 31 each year,
ministry to publish on website by Aug 31 etc.).
This provision is applicable to all public servants as defined under the
Act, including Ministers, MPs and certain NGOs
(a June notification specified that NGOs receiving government funds over Rs 1
crore or FCRA funds over Rs 10 lakh would be covered).
Bill also requires public servants to declare their assets, it does not specify
the details of how and when this must be done. These details will be prescribed
by the central government- as per the bill.
There was no
discussion on the Bill in the Lower House.