Corporates, NGOs kept out of Lokpal

An amendment by the CPM to the Lokpal Bill that would have brought corporate bodies taking government contracts and state funded NGOs under the ambit of the law was defeated in the voice vote in Parliament on Tuesday.

Taking part in the debate on Lokpal, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury demanded that “any corporate body, its promoters, its officers including Director against whom there is a complaint of corruption in relation to grant of Government licence, lease, contract, agreement” should be brought under the ambit of Lokpal.

He also wanted to bring projects in public-private partnership mode under the law’s purview.
“But whenever a private body, whether it be a corporate or it be a funded NGO, that enters into any contract with the Government or Government agency, if that contract comes under a cloud of having been acquired through corruption or through foul means, are you not going to investigate that?” Yechury asked.

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