Islamabad, January 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): The ombudsmen coming from across the country unanimously approved a draft bill on Tuesday to upgrade three-decade old law to ensure cost-free and expeditious justice to the citizens by introducing legal reforms.
The draft bill titled, ‘Ombudsman Institutional Reforms Bill 2013’ has been approved in a meeting under the chair of Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib M. Salman Faruqui.
Addressing the meeting, Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib said the draft bill has been prepared after consultation with the civil society organizations and all other forums as the office had sought their recommendations through around 300 letters written to the stakeholders.
He said their recommendations have been discussed and consolidated in consultation with the ministry of law and justice that would now be processed for tabling before the National Assembly.
Faruqui said in the first meeting held in December last, the ombudsmen had termed their existing law as deficient in many respects resulting in delays and failure to implement orders to provide relief to the aggrieved citizens.
He said the draft bill is aimed at ensuring expeditious justice to the citizens against the maladministration of government organizations. As part of reform agenda, all ombudsmen be required to finalize their decisions within 60 days and the complainant would get free justice without hiring services of any lawyer or paying any fee or even personally appearing before the ombudsmen.
The Acting Wafaqi Mohtasib said an online mechanism for registration of complaints has already been introduced at the official websites of the Mohtasib that would also contain the information regarding disposed of cases as well as the sub-judice ones.
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