Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose Current Affairs - 2019

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Lokpal Logo & Motto launched

The Chairman of Lokpal, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose launched the logo of Lokpal, at an event held in New Delhi. The motto of Lokpal “मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम्” (Do not be greedy for anyone’s wealth) was also adopted. The Logo design of Prashant Mishra, Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh was selected for adoption as Logo of Lokpal.

An open competition was conducted on Mygov portal (mygov.in), as well as through Lokpal registry mail, to invite entries for Logo and Motto/Slogan for using the same as Logo and Motto/Slogan of Lokpal in stationary, backdrop, and any other way that Lokpal deem fit. Through the Mygov portal, a total of 2236 entries received for Logo and total 4705 entries were received for Motto/Slogan from people of varied age groups and from different parts of the country.

About Lokpal Logo & Motto

LOGO: The logo of Lokpal is based upon literal meaning of LOKPAL which means: LOK- meaning people and PAL-  meaning caretaker, i.e. ‘caretaker of people’. The logo is in tricolor representing the national essence of LOKPAL and symbolizes how Lokpal protects and cares for people of India by establishing justice as per law. It also symbolizes various essence of LOKPAL figuratively in shapes like- people (three human figures), ombudsman (judges bench), vigilance (Ashok chakra forming eye–pupil), judicial (the tricolor two hands are placed below forming a unique balance) and law (shape of book in orange).

MOTTO: However, none of the motto received through portal was found suitable and thus on 17 October 2019, the Lokpal in its full bench meeting based on their own inputs and discussion unanimously decided to take one portion of the above 1st sloka of ‘Ishabasoupanishad. The finally selected slogan/motto for office of Lokpal is thus-“मा गृधः कस्यस्विद्धनम्”( Do not be greedy for anyone’s wealth), which in hindi means मा गृधः= लोभ, मत करो, कस्यस्वित्=किसी के, धनम्=धन का i.e. किसी के धन का लोभ मत करो.

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose Sworn-in as Lokpal

President Ram Nath Kovind administered the Oath of office to Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose as Lokpal. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose is the first anti-corruption ombudsman of the country. Country’s first Lokpal has been appointed after a long delay of five years. The Lokpal Act had received the assent of the President on January 1, 2014.

Members of Lokpal

The Lokpal act provides for a chairperson and a maximum of eight members in the Lokpal panel and of these, four need to be judicial members.

Judicial Members of Lokpal

Former Chief Justices of different high courts Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari together with sitting Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members in the Lokpal.

Non-judicial members

The non-judicial members of the Lokpal are first woman chief of Sashastra Seema Bal Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra chief secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, former IRS officer Mahender Singh and Gujarat cadre ex-IAS officer Indrajeet Prasad Gautam.

The chairperson and members will hold office for a term of five years or till they attain 70 years of age. The salary and allowances of the chairman are same as that of the Chief Justice of India. The salary and allowances of members are same as that of a judge of the Supreme Court.