Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What Ails Jan Lokpal Bill Of India?

Till now all of us are aware of the fiasco of jan lokpal bill of India. It is now clear that there is no material consensus between the civil society members and government members of the joint drafting committee.

Further, it is also obvious that government would not make the contents of the proposed draft jan lokpal bill of India, if any, public. The same may be introduced in the parliament during the forthcoming session. However, even there is no guarantee of the same.

Further, even if the Bill is introduced there is no guarantee that it would become a law. Techno legal experts of India have been pointing out many technical and legal shortcomings that government is not willing to hear at all.

The Jan Lokpal Law of India must be “Techno Legal” in nature that must incorporate the benefits of Law, Technology and Constitutional Duties, suggests Praveen Dalal, managing partner of New Delhi based law firm Perry4Law and leading techno legal expert of India.

Further, if Jan Lokpal Law Of India 2011 has to be successful it must incorporate many more issues like Technology, Whistleblower Protection, Harmonisation between Judicial and Lokpal fields, Right to Information, Mandatory Electronic Services Delivery, etc, suggests Dalal.

Till now even the suggestions of the member of joint drafting committee have not been accepted. There are little chances that suggestions of experts and general public would also be incorporated in the proposed Bill.

We are still far from an ideal jan lokpal bill of India. In these circumstances, enactment of a strong, robust and effective jan lokpal law is ruled out.