Monday, October 16, 2006

Article 311 of the constitution of India

It is in the news for the reason that the PM made a strong plea for corruption-free government.

The Administrative Reforms Committee headed by Veerappa Moily is examining the issue of removal of this key provision in the constitution which gives immunity cover to dishonest civil servants.

The Santhanam committee on prevention of corruption and the National Commission to review the working of the constitution headed by justice M. Venkatachaliah also suggested the revisiting of article 311.

This article lays down that a civil servant can be dismissed or removed from service only after an inquiry in which he has been informed of the charges against him and given reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of those charges.