Probity in Governance

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NATIONAL COMMISSION TO REVIEW THE WORKING OF THE CONSTITUTION

A Consultation Paper* on

PROBITY IN GOVERNANCE

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Advisory Panel on Strengthening of the institutions of Parliamentary Democracy; (Working of the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary; their accountability; problems of Administrative, Social and Economic Cost of Political Instability; Exploring the possibilities of stability within the discipline of Parliamentary Democracy)

Member-in-charge Justice Shri B.P. Jeevan Reddy

Chairperson Justice Shri H.R. Khanna

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Shri K. Parasaran Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan Dr. V. A. Pai Panandikar

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
This Consultation Paper on ‘Probity in Governance’ is based on a paper prepared by Justice Shri B.P. Jeevan Reddy, Member of the Commission. The Commission places on record its profound appreciation of and gratitude to Justice Shri B.P. Jeevan Reddy for his contribution.

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CONTENTS

Pages 1. 2. 3. Introduction Menace of corruption in public life Certain measures required to be taken for ensuring probity in governance A. Need for enforcing section 5 of the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 Misfeasance in public office – a remedy Necessity for a law providing for confiscation of illegally acquired assets of public servants Enactment of a Public Interest Disclosure Act Enactment of a Freedom of Information Act Necessity for enacting a Lok Pal Bill in addition to the Central Vigilance Commission Act Strengthening

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