Token provision for Lokpal in budget

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2014 18:51 IST

The Government Thursday earmarked Rs 2 crore for anti-corruption body Lokpal and deducted about Rs 94 lakh from last fiscal's Rs 21.29 crore allocation to Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) in the budget.

The allocation of Rs 2 crore for Lokpal in 2014-15 is to meet its establishment-related expenditure, according to Demand of Grants of the Ministry of Personnel.

The CVC, which acts as the government's nodal agency to check corruption and ensure transparency, has been given Rs 20.35 crore to meet its establishment related expenditure.

The Commission was allocated Rs 21.29 crore in the revised budget for 2013-14 as against Rs 19.53 crore during 2012-13.

The Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, (also known as Lokpal) provides for the establishment of Lokpal for the Union and Lokayuktas for the states to inquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries.

President Pranab Mukherjee had given his assent to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill on January 1, this year. The Bill was passed by Parliament in December last year.

The Government is in process of appointment of chairperson and members of Lokpal.

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