The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Bill, 2016

The Lok Sabha has passed a bill named “The Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Bill, 2016”. This is to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.  Sec 44 and Sec 59 of the existing Act have been amended. Sec 44 – Sec 44 falls under Chapter XIII which is about ‘Declaration of Assets’. Sec 44 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas (Amendment) Bill, 2016 repalces the section with the following: “On and from the date of commencement of this Act, every public servant shall make a declaration of his assets and liabilities in such form and manner as may be prescribed.” As per this amendment, the following are withdrawn:

  1. 30 days time limit for submission of his, his spouse and his dependent children’ s information on assets and liabilities Sec 44 (2)
  2. 30 days time limit for above mentioned submission if he/she is holding office as public servant at the time of commencement of the act Sec 44(3)
  3. Annual returns to be filed for assets and liabilities by 31st July every year – Sec 44(4)
  4. The prescribed forms in which the returns are to be submitted – Sec 44(5)
  5. The competent authority and the requirement for such authority to publish the information on the website – Sec 44(6)

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