New Delhi: In order to provide legislative backing to the existing grievance redressal mechanism for public services up to the grassroot level, the Union Rural Development Ministry is formulating a Public Service Delivery Grievance Redressal Bill (Janseva Delivery Act).

The draft bill will be made public for a larger debate by the end of this week. Over three dozen services have been incorporated in the proposed bill.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said, “This bill will go a long way in eradicating the menace of corruption from the country.”

“The bill will provide legal teeth to complaints filed against government officials at the village level if they do not render public services they are obliged to,” added the Minister.

The government aims at fixing accountability and transparency in the functioning of the officials involved in implementation of the centrally sponsored schemes.

Defending the Centre over Lokpal, Ramesh said, “I think the criticism of the government over the Lokpal is somewhat unfair. After all it is this government that introduced the Right to Information Act. And the final RTI act has over 150 amendments suggested by the civil society.”

JPN/Bureau