November 2002 News

J&K House approves accountability Bill

26 November 2002
The Times of India
DWARIKA PRASAD SHARMA

JAMMU: The Accountability Commission Bill, which brings in its ambit the chief minister and other state functionaries, was on Tuesday unanimously passed by the state assembly after some amendments proposed by opposition members were accepted by the government. The Bill seeks to ''provide for establishment of the institution of Accountability Commission for inquiring into allegations and grievances against policemen and persons holding civil posts in the state.'' This is the first Bill passed by the new assembly. The measure had been listed in the common minimum programme of the alliance government. Law minister Muzaffar Hussain Beig said that the Supreme Court had issued notices way back in 1985 to some states, including Jammu and Kashmir, as to why they had not proceeded with establishment of the institution of Lok Pal.

 

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