Parl panel recommends establishing a mechanism to prevent nepotism and people with vested interests being appointed through lateral entry

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Bhupender Yadav, BJP member from Rajasthan in the Rajya sabha.

Bhupender Yadav, BJP member from Rajasthan in the Rajya sabha.

The Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice headed by  Bhupender Yadav, MP, Rajya Sabha presented its 104th & 105th Reports on the Action Taken Replies on 100th and 101st reports on Demands for Grants (2020-21) of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; and the Ministry of Law and Justice, respectively.

In the 104th Report, the Committee re-examined various issues dealt in the 100th report on Demands for Grants (2020-21) and accepted nearly 75 percent of replies of the Government on various issues.
While favouring the lateral entry of subject/ domain experts’ into Civil Services, the Committee recommended for establishing a robust mechanism to prevent nepotism and people with vested interests being appointed through lateral entry. On examinations conducted by Staff Selection Commission, the Committee recommended the Ministry to improve examination mechanisms to avoid litigations. The Committee also recommended CBI, CVC and SSC to scale up their recruitment efforts so that shortage of personnel doesn’t impede their functioning and performance. The Committee also sought Status Note from Ministry on non-filing of Immovable Property Returns by some civil servants.

The Committee inter-alia recommended the use of Information and Communication Technologies in Preventive Vigilance to reduce fraud; Digitization of Pension Processing and Sanctioning System on the pattern of ‘Bhavishya’ software; Linking of Aadhar- Digital life certificate with Pension disbursing agency/Bank to make pension disbursal hassle-free, etc.

In the 105th Report, the Committee re-examined various issues dealt in the 101st report on Demands for Grants (2020-21) and accepted nearly 60 percent of replies of the Government on various issues.

While appreciating the measures taken by Government, the Committee recommended for filling up vacancies of Judges in High Courts, Subordinate Courts and Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, so that pendency of cases may be reduced. The Committee also recommended for early finalization of National Litigation Policy as it will help reduce Government’s expenditure on litigations among other benefits. Under the e-Courts project, the Committee recommended for augmentation of the digital infrastructure of Judiciary without any delay. On the issue of Case Clearance Rate (CCR), the Committee recommended for regular updation of CCR and its integration with National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) to maintain transparency and ensure judicial accountability.

With regard to Notaries, the Committee recommended for timely processing of Notary applications and introduction of Digital Signatures for Notaries to weed out any possible malpractices. It also recommended for Common Electoral Roll from Local Bodies to Lok Sabha Election and linking of Aadhar Card number with Voter Identity Card to bring transparency in electoral processes and also to reduce the extra burden on the exchequer. On the issue of translation of statutes in Scheduled Languages, the Committee recommended for expediting updation, translation of statutes in all the Scheduled Languages of the Constitution.