The Lok Sabha on Wednesday introduced amendments to the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, without circulating copies of the Bill, pertaining to dilution of section 44 of the Act dealing with disclosure of assets of those holding positions on the boards of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh moved the amendments, which hadn’t been listed in the business list for Wednesday, assuring the members that a Standing Committee of Parliament will be looking into the amendments in any case. “The government is open to the idea of amending the law, and it will also depend on the recommendations of the Standing Committee. NGOs and bureaucrats have been consulted,” he said, while reading out a statement before introducing the amendments.
The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and several members of Parliament, including nominated member Anu Agha and independent MP in the Rajya Sabha Rajeev Chandrashekhar, had raised concerns over the income disclosure clause for trustees and board members of NGOs.