The AAP government in Delhi was seeking approval from the central government for the 14 bills. The bills were passed by the Delhi Assembly in the session of 2015. Among the 14 bills, the most controversial was the Jan Lokpal bill.
However, it is mandatory for the Delhi Assembly to present the bill only after the approval of the Lt. Governor. The returning of the 14 bills including Jan Lokpal bill made a stir in 2016. The AAP government led by Mr Arvind Kejriwal persuaded Home Minister Rajnath Singh to clear the 14 bills. This was under the scenario of confrontations between the Centre and the State Government of Delhi. Subsequently, the AAP chief also lashed out at the central government for not allowing them to work for the interest of Delhi people.
14 Bills that Centre Returned
Returning of the bill gave birth to fresh issues between the Central government and AAP government in the Delhi. The AAP leader accused the central government of not allowing the bills. The major bills included in these 14 bills were:
- Jan Lokpal Bill 2015
- Minimum Wages Bill 2015
- Delhi School Bill 2015
- Delhi School Education Bill 2015
- Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education 2015
- Majithia Wage Board Report Bill for Working Journalist
The bills also covered the Delhi Netaji Subhash University of Technology. It was passed in June 2015.
The important bill Jan Lokpal is an anti-corruption bill which sought an approval for appointing independent body for fair investigations of the corruption charges. Yet another important bill is related to the practices of the private schools of Delhi.
However, the Central Government claimed the bills are not approved as they did not obtain Lt. Governor’s nod as per law. The central government also claimed that the bills had legal loopholes.
About Jan Lokpal Bill
The controversial Jan Lokpal Bill is an anti-corruption bill. It was drawn by the civil activists seeking that corruption cases should be investigated by an independent body. This bill also wants improvements in the earlier bills of Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill of 2011.
The Jan Lokpal is directed to curb corruption, help citizens, and protect the people involved in revealing corruption. The agitation against corruption was first started in 2011 by the leading activist Anna Hazare. While the bill was not passed, the government at the centre noted that certain provisions of the bill were violating the parliamentary laws. This was sorted as one of the reasons for disapproving the Jan Lokpal Bill.
History of Jan Lokpal Bill
The history of Lokpal bill dates back to 1968. It was initiated for the first time by Adv. Shanti Bhushan. The bill was also passed by the fourth Lok Sabha in the succeeding year. Before the bill could pass, Lok Sabha was dissolved. Subsequently, the versions were uploaded many times but failed to pass. Finally, it was passed in 2013.
But the Jan Lokpal aimed at bringing major improvements in the Lokpal. The difference between the two bills is that Jan Lokpal aims at giving transparency to Lokpal and a greater control to the citizens.