New Delhi: The Central government has braced up for blunting the attacks of the Opposition and Team Anna. For this, toeing the lines of the Right to Information Act, the government has announced to bring out Citizen’s Right to Grievance Redress Bill, 2011.

Under this new bill, all ministries and departments will solve public grievances within 15 days. If the concerned ministry or department fails to redress in the stipulated time, the official and the worker will be penalized.

The Centre has said that this bill is more effective and powerful than the Lokpal Bill which is directly linked to welfare of the citizens.

The bill will not only ensure effective and swift solving of grievances but also open new employment opportunities for people at the Central and state level.

The government has made the Citizen’s Right to Grievances Redress Bill, 2011 public for discussion. This will include all the services provided at the Central and state level.

Not only this, police services have also been included in the bill and it has been posted at the website of the Ministry for Personnel Affairs for discussion.

Based on the opinions, a draft will be prepared which will be presented before the Cabinet.

Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions V Narayanswamy said that this is for the first time that the government is asking for public opinion on the bill before making it a law.

“The bill is for people’s welfare which is why the government is asking for their opinion,” he said.

Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said that this bill will be broader than the Lokpal Bill.

Making the bill public, Jairam said, “Lokpal is limited to officials at the helm of affairs whereas the Citizen’s Right to Grievance Redress Bill, 2011 will weed out corruption from block level.”

The concerned bill will be presented in the winter session of the Parliament. To date, three bills have been implemented for public welfare--Right to Information, Right to Work and Right to Education.

JPN/Bureau