Chief ministers should be under Lokpal: Dikshit

August 24th, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Wednesday said the proposed Lokpal’s jurisdiction should be “broadened” and chief ministers should be brought within its ambit.

“In order to ensure a corruption-free society, it would be appropriate to broaden the jurisdiction of the Lokpal by bringing the chief ministers under the ambit of the proposed Lokpal,” Dikshit said after a Delhi cabinet meeting she presided over.

She expressed hope that the impasse over the Lokpal bill will soon be over as the central government and members of the civil society have started constructive interaction.

“The government has taken a number of effective steps to enhance transparency and accountability and ensure a better work culture with the help of Information Technology,” Dikshit said.

She appreciated the efforts of the government as well as the civil society for formulation of a consensus-based draft of an effective and strong Lokpal bill.

The chief minister asserted that her government has been striving hard to establish transparency.

It has also been facilitating smooth functioning of the institutions like Lokayukta and the Public Grievance Commission with the aim of eliminating corruption and providing a foolproof mechanism of grievance redressal, she added.

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