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Plan panel for independent Lokpal

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NEW DELHI, Aug 20 � Amid the public outcry over corruption, the Planning Commission today pitched for setting up an independent, fair and accountable institutions like the Lokpal and Lokayuktas to deal with the menace, reports PTI.

�It is important that these new institutions (Lokpal and Lokayuktas) should function independently, fairly and be accountable,� the Planning Commission said in its draft Approach Paper to the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).

The Paper was later approved at a meeting of the full Planning Commission, which was presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Paper said institutions like the Lokpal and Lokayuktas should be empowered to investigate complaints of corruption and file cases against those against whom there is a prima facie case.

�Such instituions could be supported by special courts who must take quick decisions in cases of corruption, so that effective and quick punishment is meted out and acts as a deterrent,� it said.

The commission also noted that to address corruption, it is necessary to simplify procedures for delivery of public services and ensure greater transparency in public procurement processes and allocation of scarce resources.

�As far as procurement processes are concerned, an Expert Committee on the subject has recommended enactment of a Public Procurement Act. This is in line with international practice in many countries and should be implemented,� it said.

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Plan panel for independent Lokpal

NEW DELHI, Aug 20 � Amid the public outcry over corruption, the Planning Commission today pitched for setting up an independent, fair and accountable institutions like the Lokpal and Lokayuktas to deal with the menace, reports PTI.

�It is important that these new institutions (Lokpal and Lokayuktas) should function independently, fairly and be accountable,� the Planning Commission said in its draft Approach Paper to the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17).

The Paper was later approved at a meeting of the full Planning Commission, which was presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Paper said institutions like the Lokpal and Lokayuktas should be empowered to investigate complaints of corruption and file cases against those against whom there is a prima facie case.

�Such instituions could be supported by special courts who must take quick decisions in cases of corruption, so that effective and quick punishment is meted out and acts as a deterrent,� it said.

The commission also noted that to address corruption, it is necessary to simplify procedures for delivery of public services and ensure greater transparency in public procurement processes and allocation of scarce resources.

�As far as procurement processes are concerned, an Expert Committee on the subject has recommended enactment of a Public Procurement Act. This is in line with international practice in many countries and should be implemented,� it said.

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