THE INDIA Rejuvenation Initiative (IRI) has asked Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to constitute an “Integrity Commission” to tackle corruption in high places in the country.
Former Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti, who is one of the founder members of the recently launched IRI, in a letter to the Prime Minister said the time had come to set up a mechanism to effectively control corruption among civil servants.
Jointly releasing the letter here on Monday, former Punjab DGP JF Ribeiro and senior IAS officer Vijay Shankar Pandey, who had earlier launched a battle against corrupt IAS officers in UP, said the IRI had sought fast verification of income tax returns of all those who occupied or had been holding high public offices in the government.
Justice Lahoti's letter said the Integrity Commission could adopt the simple method of verification by first making public the returns filed by the public servants concerned and then inviting the public to come out with whatever information they had regarding the assets of these individuals.
Justice Lahoti said the commission could, thereafter, make discreet enquiries before making its findings public. Justice Lahoti said the investigating agencies could assist the commission.
He said necessary action could be quickly taken against those who were found to possess assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
The IRI consists of former CEC JM Lyngdoh, former Comptroller and Auditor General VK Shunglu, ex-DGP JF Ribeiro and several other serving and retired bureaucrats. The IRI has also launched its website: www.iri.org.in <http://www.iri.org.in.
Justice Lahoti further said a similar system was required in case of senior civil servants and other similarly placed officials in PSUs.