Constitute committee on pattern of Lokpal panel

Srinagar: RTI activists in Jammu and Kashmir are demanding constitution of a committee on the pattern of Lokpal bill panel to recommend changes in various legislations for rooting out corruption from the state.

"Our core demand is that the Jammu and Kashmir government must constitute a drafting committee to comprehensively study and make recommendations for State Vigilance Commission Act, State Accountability Commission Act, J&K Prevention of Corruption Act and Lokpal Bill being drafted at the Centre," Muzaffar Ahmad, a member of the RTI movement said.

He said the proposed committee should include relevant state ministers, government officials and representatives of the civil society like former judges, former vigilance officials and anti-corruption experts.

"We have already written to the Chief Minister (Omar Abdullah) in this regard several times," he said.

Ahmad said the RTI movement will be holding a rally against corruption on residency Road in Lal Chowk area on Sunday.

The vigil was earlier planned on April 9, to support Anna Hazare`s fast against corruption, but had to be postponed due to the killing of Jamiat-e-Ahli Hadees chief Moulvi Showkat Ahmad Shah in an IED blast that day.