GoM mulling idea of ministers giving up discretionary powers

New Delhi: A Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted to consider measures to tackle corruption, is mulling over the issue of central ministers relinquishing their discretionary powers, the Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday.

Informing the House in this regard, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanasamy also said the Department of Personnel and Training had received information from 50 ministries/departments when the matter was placed before the GoM.

"The DoPT had written a letter to all ministries asking them to provide details of discretionary powers enjoyed by the ministers," Narayanasamy, who is also the Minister of state in the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) told Rajya Sabha in a written reply.

"A Group of Ministers was constituted by the government on January 6, 2011 to consider measures that can be taken by the government to tackle corruption. One of the terms of reference of the GoM was for relinquishing discretionary powers enjoyed by Ministers at the Centre. The issue is under consideration of the GoM," Narayanasamy said.

Information is being collected and will be laid on the Table of the House, he added.