- Anna Hazare to draft bill for Bihar’s Lokayukta
- Kerala follows Bihar model in weeding out corruption
- Nitish’s Facebook page hacked by unknown
- Bihar Cadre officers appointed as executive director of World Bank
Posted: 29 Jul 2011 05:58 AM PDT
The Anna Hazare team is ready with its draft bill to set up an anti-corruption bill in Bihar,following a request from the chief minister Nitish Kumar,
Bihar is among the 11 states, which so far does not have a lokayukta, but Kumar is keen to have one soon. “He has called us for discussion in the first week of August to finalise the draft so that he can place it before the state cabinet,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal’s colleague, lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the importance of their team having drafted the bill was that it retains most of the provisions of the their version of the lokpal bill at the national level. “It has been drafted keeping in mind that in a federal structure, the powers of a state are different from that of the Centre."
According to Hazare’s team, their draft lokayukta bill provides for bringing the CM in its ambit. “There has been no clarity on this so far. Different states have adopted different stands on this issue,” said a member of India Against Corruption.
The draft bill also empowers the lokayukta to initiate a probe once it is convinced that the complaint is genuine. It has done away with the procedure to seek permission of higher officials before beginning an inquiry against any public servant.
The Hazare team hopes to convince the Kumar government to bring the state bureaucracy within the lokayukta’s ambit and not just a particular category of higher officials. “We expect some clarifications from the Nitish Kumar government, since this is for the first time that any state government will be accepting a civil society draft almost in totality,” a member said.
Posted: 29 Jul 2011 01:56 AM PDT
Kerala may become the second state in India after Bihar to bring in a law to make officials punishable for flawed services at the government offices, with the Congress-led state government giving the proposal serious consideration.
Posted: 28 Jul 2011 11:56 PM PDT
The Facebook page of Mr. Nitish Kumar created by fans was hacked by an unknown invader who posted an objectionable message on it, police said on Tuesday. Police have begun investigations after lodging a case here. The Nitish Kumar fan page has 8,145 followers.
“The cyber crime cell of police is looking into the case as this is a case of cyber crime,” Inspector General Arvind Kumar Pandey said.
An aide in the chief minister’s office here said it was not an official page of Nitish Kumar on Facebook but was created by his fans three years ago. “This page has the biggest fan following of Nitish Kumar,” the aide said.
Posted: 28 Jul 2011 11:51 PM PDT
Mr M N Prasad, presently Secretary to the Prime Minister, has been appointed as Executive Director of the World Bank in place of Mr Pulok Chatterji.
Mr Prasad is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the 1972 batch (Bihar cadre).
His appointment will be for a period of three years with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier, an official press release said.
Mr Chatterji, an IAS officer of the 1974 batch (Uttar Pradesh cadre), is expected to be posted to the Prime Minister’s Office.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has also approved the appointment of Mr Surajit Mitra, IAS (AM:77), presently in the cadre, as Secretary, Ministry of Minority Affairs vice Mr Vivek Mehrotra, IAS (HY:74) on his retirement on July 31, the release added.
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