Anti-corruption Ombudsman: Applications invited for Lokpal chief, members

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New Delhi: Nearly five years after the Lokpal Act came into being, applications for chairman and members is now being sought by the government.

The Ministry of Personnel through an ad has sought applications from eligible candidates.

A person who is or has been Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge is eligible to apply for the post of chairman of anti-corruption ombudsman.

The ad said individuals with “impeccable integrity and outstanding ability” having special knowledge and expertise are also eligible to apply.

According to rules, there is a provision for a chairperson and a maximum of eight members in the Lokpal. Of these, four need to be judicial members.

The advertisement said not less than 50 per cent of the members of the Lokpal shall be from amongst the persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, minorities and women.

The chairperson and members shall hold office for a term of five years or till they attain 70 years of age.

The salary and allowances of the chairman of the Lokpal will be same as that of the Chief Justice of India. The members will be paid salary and allowances same as that of a judge of the Supreme Court.

The last date for submitting the application is February 22.

Officials said the advertisement was issued following a meeting of an eight-member search panel late last month.

They said the search committee, mandated to form a panel of candidates who could be considered for the appointment as chief and the members of Lokpal, held its first meeting on January 29.

The apex court had recently set up a February-end deadline for the Lokpal search committee to send a panel of names.

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