Cabinet nod to anti-graft bills

New Delhi : Feeling the pressure Anna Hazare and the attacking Opposition, the government Tuesday gave its approval to anti-graft bills to tackle corruption at high places, including in the judiciary.

The cabinet, at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, approved the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, the Grievances Redressal Bill and the Whistleblowers’ Bill.

The judicial accountability bill seeks to lay down enforceable standards of conduct for judges.

It also requires judges to declare details of their and their family members’ assets and liabilities.

The Citizens Right to Grievance Redress Bill, 2011 seeks to check graft in lower levels of administration and sets standards for time bound public service and grievance redress from panchayats to government departments.

The Whistleblowers’ Protection bill seeks to establish a mechanism to receive complaints relating to disclosure of any allegations of corruption against any public servant and to provide enough safeguard against victimisation of persons making such disclosures.

A parliamentary standing committee has suggested that union ministers, higher judiciary and regulatory authorities should be under in the ambit of the bill.

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