Centre okays changes in anti-graft law, ‘shield’ for employees

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said the government has readied a draft anti-corruption amendment bill to protect honest officers.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 10, 2016 7:51 pm
Graft, Anti graft law, Corruption law, anti corruption law, Narendra Modi, black money, Black money law The decision assumes significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently said that the government’s job is to ensure safety of honest employees (Photo for representational purpose)

All central government employees may get a ‘shield’ from prosecution as the Centre has okayed changes in anti-corruption law and decided to make it mandatory for investigating agencies like CBI to take it’s prior approval before conducting any enquiry against them. Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Thursday said the government has readied a draft anti-corruption amendment bill to protect honest officers. “We have decided to introduce the anti-corruption amendment bill in the upcoming Session of the Parliament. A provision for providing safeguard to all categories of government employees is being offered there. The changes are to ensure that honest employees are not harassed,” said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel.

The Winter Session begins from Wednesday. Talking to reporters, he said such a decision was necessary to ensure that the bureaucracy, which is essential tool of good governance, continues to work without any fear or favour.

The decision assumes significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently said that the government’s job is
to ensure safety of honest employees. The move is also based on the recommendation of a Parliamentary Committee, which had suggested the shield for public servants by making it mandatory conditions for probe agencies like CBI and police to take “previous approval” of competent authority before conducting any enquiry or investigation against a public servant — including from peon to Secretary.

However, such an approval will not be necessary for cases involving “arrest of a person on the spot on the charge of accepting or attempting to accept any undue advantage for himself or for any other person”, the panel had said. The Committee, that examined changes in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, gave its report in August this year.

The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on August 19, 2013 during the
UPA rule. However, it was referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which had submitted its report to the
Upper House on February 6, 2014, but the bill could not be passed then. On April 29 last year, the Union Cabinet gave its approval to amend the Prevention of Corruption Act by pursuing the amendment bill after moving official amendments. It was on December 7 last year sent to the Select Committee for examination and report.

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    Stonecold
    Nov 10, 2016 at 2:54 pm
    Ha ha ha lt;br/gt;I told you the joke is on us
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      ASHOK KUMAR
      Nov 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm
      This is how Modi wants to weed out corruption. He has already thrown Lokpal Bill in dustbin and has demonetise the currency to divert public's attention from core issues.
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        Ramakrishnan Iyer
        Nov 10, 2016 at 6:30 pm
        There is something wrong here. If the bill is to avoid harment of honest officials, ie government sanction is required to charge the officials, then it means that the government knows who is honest and who is not honest. In that case, why the government cannot take action against all non-honest employees? By this way the honest employees are supported and non-honest are punished. Jai Hind.
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          K.V.Mahadevan
          Nov 10, 2016 at 10:58 pm
          Govt employees perpetrate corruption at all levels from the chaprasi to the ministerial. To 'shield ' them is like giving protection to corruption. It takes a lot of ground level action to root out this menace and 'shield' will only further perpetrate corruption
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            lakshya
            Nov 11, 2016 at 7:16 pm
            i am am a fan of modi govt but if this bill sanctioned its very bad they should gave equal chance to everyone whether its a govt official or a common man to go against corruption why we need permissions for enquiry on officials .i will boycott BJP from the rest of my life if this happened .
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              Manish
              Nov 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm
              The proposal is to not in favor of demonetization move. The government should not p this rule. It will shield all employees from peon to office as the question of honesty or dishonesty is relative in term. The law should not be ped
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                T.R.Krishnamoorthy
                Nov 11, 2016 at 12:26 am
                THIS PROPOSAL IS VERY BAD
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                  Vihari Naidu
                  Nov 10, 2016 at 2:44 pm
                  Protect honest officials....?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Why do honest officials need protection from CBI. What are they afraid of.....
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                    PRADEEP PALKAR
                    Nov 28, 2016 at 6:28 am
                    ‘shield’ for employees is wrong mage p by govt. of India lt;br/gt;more corruption will happen.lt;br/gt;this law should not be ped at all.
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                      Indian
                      Nov 10, 2016 at 4:08 pm
                      There should be no sanction required for prosecuted of any Govt Employee as HONEST Govt Officials do not require such protection. .................................. And the CORRUPT should face the consequence of the CORRUPTION.
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