Website of India’s First Anti-Corruption Ombudsman Lokpal Opens

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, administering the oath of office of the Chairperson, Lokpal to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, at a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 23, 2019. Photo: PIB
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, administering the oath of office of the Chairperson, Lokpal to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, at a swearing-in ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on March 23, 2019. Photo: PIB

The website of India’s first anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal was inaugurated on Thursday (May 16) by the Chairperson, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, in the presence of all the Members of Lokpal.

The website has been developed by government’s National Informatics Centre (NIC) and provides the basic information with respect to the working and functioning of the Lokpal.

The Lokpal is the first institution of its kind in independent India, established under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 to inquire and investigate into allegations of corruption against public functionaries who fall within the scope and ambit of this Act.

The government had appointed Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the first Chairperson of the Lokpal who was administered the oath on 23rd March, 2019 by the President of India.

The government has also appointed four Judicial and four non-Judicial Members. The office of Lokpal is temporary functioning from the Hotel Ashok, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

The process of notifying the rules and regulations including the format for receiving complaints at Lokpal is being developed. All complaints which were received till 16th April, 2019 have been examined by the office of Lokpal and disposed accordingly. The complaints received thereafter are under examination.

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