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Centre move to form Lokpal

The government has sought applications for chairman and members of anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal, nearly five years after the Lokpal Act came into force.

An advertisement seeking applications has been issued by the Personnel Ministry.

For appointment as the chairman, a person who is or has been Chief Justice of India or a Supreme Court judge is eligible to apply. The advertisement was issued after anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare had threatened to launch another round of agitation.

Besides, individuals with 'impeccable integrity and outstanding ability' having special knowledge and expertise of not less than 25 years in matters related to anti-corruption policy, public administration, vigilance, finance, including insurance and banking, and law and management are eligible to apply. Those below 45 are not eligible to apply.

There is a provision for a chairperson and a maximum of eight members in the Lokpal. Of these, four need to be judicial members.

'Not less than 50 per cent of the members of the Lokpal shall be from amongst the persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, minorities and women,' the advertisement seeking the applications reads.

Upon selection, the chairperson and members shall hold office for a term of five years or till they attain 70 years of age.

The salary and allowances of the chairman of the Lokpal will be same as that of the Chief Justice of India. The members will be paid salary and allowances same as that of a judge of the Supreme Court. The last date to apply for the post is February 22.