Lokpal - History, Working and Amendments

Hi readers, to continue with our Interview Preparation Series, I’m covering an important topic Lok Pal Bill, which may be asked in IBPS PO interviews. So read it and make notes such that you can face the bouncer inside the interview hall.

What is a Lok Pal

Lok Pal is an ombudsman in India who will fight against the complaints of corruption against PM, Other Ministers and MP’s. Its jurisdiction will cover all classes’ public servants.

It will help investigation and trail to get completed within two years. A big solution against corruption such that cases don’t continue for years.

The Lok Pal is taken from Sanskrit as it means, Lok i.e. People and Pala i.e. Protector or Caretaker so Lok Pal means Caretaker of People.

Member of Lok Pal

  • Lok Pal will constitute of a chairperson and a maximum of 8 members. 
  • Out of these 50% will be Judicial Members 
  • Rest 50% will be from ST’s, SC’s, OBC’s, Minorities and Women 
Selection of Chairperson and member of Lok Pal will be done by a selection committee consisting of Prime Minister, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Chief Justice of India or a sitting Supreme Court Judge. A fifth member of the selection committee for selection of Lokpal under the category of "eminent jurist" may be nominated by the President on the basis of recommendation of the first four members of the selection committee.

Brief History of Lok Pal

  • First coined by Dr. L.M. Singhvi in 1963 
  • Law Minister Ashoke Kumar Sen first proposed the concept of Constitutional Ombudsman 
  • The bill was introduced in 1969 and subsequent years many times but was never passed. 
  • After several protest by Anna Hazare the bill did passed on December 27, 2011 and enacted on December 18, 2013. 
  • President’s approval is required to make it a law. 

What it means for Common Citizen

If the work of any common man is not completed in stipulated time, then the concerned guilty officer is to be penalized. It will be given as compensation to the complainant.

So in case of delay in grant of Ration Card, Voter Card, Passport or even Police not registering a case, Lok Pal can be approached.

Amendments in Lok Pal

Following are the major amendments in the Bill which you must highlight in your interview, if asked

1) States to set up Lokayuktas by law within 365 days. No interference from centre.

2) Societies, Trusts, NGO’s that collect public money, receives funding from foreign sources and income level above a certain threshold are also under the jurisdiction of Lok Pal

3) To keep CBI independent, a Director of Prosecution will be formed. Appointment to be done under the recommendation of Central Vigilance Commissioner

4) Imprisonment up to one year and fine up to Rs. 1, 00,000 for false complaints. Public Servant of found guilty can be punished with imprisonment up to 7 years and criminal mis conduct may attract 10 years of jail term.

5) Inquiry to be completed within 60 days and investigation to be completed within 6 months.

6) Lokpal shall order a probe only after hearing the public servant.

7) Inquiry against PM has to be held in-camera and approved by two-thirds of full bench of Lokpal.

8) Funding: All expenses to be charged to the Consolidated Fund of India.

Team Anna

India against Corruption (IAC) together with Team Anna played a major role to get the support of masses towards the formation of Lok Pal Bill. Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal were the other faces of this movement.

Source: Wikipedia, Times of India, Hindustan Times, India Against Corruption


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  1. Sir,
    i used to work in nokia siemens network and have not given my experience in the ibps po3 form, as currently i was preparing for government jobs. is it better to mention it in the professional resume which you have talked about.
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    provide previous question paper also

  4. thanx for the briefing sir

  5. Nice work thank u

  6. hello sir I want to draw your attention toward one thing that ibps in case of specialist officer allotment have consider allotment of reserved candidate in their respective category and they just consider them as par with general in preparing merit list if they have more marks than general category but their allotment is done in their respective category. now my question is that is it the same way they will consider allotment for po if no then why there is differentiation in allotment policy of ibps for specialist officer and po..!!!!

  7. Raman sir, plz provide parameters of ibps interview on wch candidates are judged, and also the weitage they carry. This will really help all the readers to judge where we stand and also where we can improve.plz let me know if work experience carries any point

  8. Sir, I am a Science Graduate. Em 21 yrs old. Hv Qualified IBPS PO. Sir, last year i hv Qualified IBPS clerk exam. In interview, the panel asked me Y don u complete your studies frst (M.Sc.).. Nd Y Banking being a Science Student you hv so many oppurtunities.. y u intersted in Banking?
    Dey asked "beta tumahra science opt krne ka decision theek tha kya agr tumhe banker hi bn na tha"
    How to Prove that my studies r benificial for me as a Bank PO. M confused Sir .. Plzz Help

  9. sir plzz read the official PDF notification of ibps specialist officer 2 allotment on their website and you will find out what I am trying to explain??? reply ASAP

  10. Hello Ramandeep,
    I am working in S/W company and it is not possible to get work experience certificate. Are payslips for the last two months + Offer letter would makeup for the experience certificate?

    1. Payslips would be fine. Me too working in software company. IBPS interviews know that it's not possible to get experience letter without resigning

  11. Hello sir..i have my certificates and ID proof naming D NAGA MOUNIKA but i filled my ibps PO application along with sur name..but according to the notification released by IBPS there should not be any mismatch between the names..so what can i do now???
    pls reply asap...
    thank you

  12. Hello Sir, I wanted to know the best answer for the ques below:
    "As you have done MBA in HR, so how can you contribute to the bank as a PO?"
    Pls answer ASAP. i will be really grateful :)

  13. sir i have the same query as above that wud payslips + offer letter is enough???

  14. Hi Sir ,
    My name in the application and id proof is Karthik Velu . But in my Marksheets 10th 12th and B.E it is Karthik V . Will this be a problem ?
    also my consolidated mark sheet is slightly torn with my name not fully visible Please have a look at the scanned copy of my consolidated mark sheet http://www.flickr.com/photos/110909903@N04/11264791836
    considering these two facts will i be allowed to attend the interview . pls help .

  15. sir,
    When SBI announced the notification?


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