Central Government Employees to get Shield – Centre Clears Changes in anti-graft Law

Central Government Employees to get Shield – Centre Clears Changes in anti-graft Law.

All central government employees may get a ‘shield’ from prosecution as the Centre has okayed changes in anti-corruption law and decided to make it mandatory for investigating agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take its prior approval before conducting any enquiry against them.

Union minister Mr. Jitendra Singh yesterday said that the government has readied a draft anti-corruption amendment bill to protect honest officers. “We have decided to introduce the anti-corruption amendment bill in the upcoming session of the Parliament. A provision for providing safeguard to all categories of government employees is being offered there. The changes are to ensure that honest employees are not harassed,” said Singh, minister of state for personnel.

The union minister has said, such a decision was necessary to ensure that the bureaucracy, which is an essential tool of good governance, continues to work without any fear or favour. The decision assumes significance as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently said that the government’s job is to ensure safety of honest employees.

The move is also based on the recommendation of a Parliamentary committee, which had suggested the shield for the central government employees by making it mandatory conditions for probe agencies like CBI and police to take “previous approval” of competent authority before conducting any enquiry or investigation against a public servant—including from peon to secretary.

However, such an approval will not be necessary for cases involving “arrest of a person on the spot on the charge of accepting or attempting to accept any undue advantage for himself or for any other person,” the panel had said. The committee, that examined changes in the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, gave its report in August this year.

Source: Live Mint

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