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India's first Lokpal Chief's appointment hopes to curb corruption.

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Corruption has its effects on every section of the society. If a nation, thereby the world has to step towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals, promote equal opportunities and protect our earth, it's very important that we keep the evil practices of corruption away from our lives. Essentials like health care and education can reach the last person in the row only when there's an end to corruption. Nations of the world are fighting corruption. Though it seems to be a far-fetched dream, the fight has been being relentless. Today, the 9th December, it is recognised as the International Anti-corruption Day. On this note, we are very much obliged to write about India's greatest step towards anti-corruption and the first person to head the Lokpal, Pinaki Chandra Ghose.

To give you a small introduction, I should take you to the year 2013 when a nationwide anti-corruption movement triggered the introduction of the Lokpal Act, under which a Lokpal is appointed at the centre and Lokayuktas in the states to enquire into the complaints on corruption filed against officials across various public functionaries and public servants including the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers. The Lokpal Act is an anti-corruption act that aims to set up a corruption free society. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was thus appointed as India's first Lokpal. Who is Pinaki Chandra Ghose and what made him the right man to Chair the Lokpal?

The Gem From The Garden Of Gems:

Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was born on 28th May 1952 to Justice Sambhu Chandra Ghose, the former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court. Ghose hails from a family of Lawyers and is a fifth generation lawyer in his family. The first Indian Chief Judge of the Sadar Dewani Adalat at Calcutta appointed in 1867, Hara Chandra Ghose was also from the same family. After finishing his schooling at The Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapeeth at Deogarh and Purulia, Ghose obtained his B.Com degree from St., Xavier's College and an LL.B degree from the University of Calcutta. He then went on to become the Attorney-at-Law at High Court of Calcutta. He was appointed as the Judge of Calcutta High Court in July 1997. Later in 2012, he was appointed as the Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court. He later became the permanent Chief Justice at the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. In 2012, he also discharged duties as the Chancellor of NALSAR, Hyderabad. In 2013, Ghose was appointed as the Judge at the Supreme Court of India. From June 2017 to March 2019, he served as the Member of National Human Rights Commission, New Delhi. Justice Ghose also serves as a Vice President of the Institute of Culture, Golpark. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of Belur Vidyamandir - B.Ed College. Pinaki Chandra Ghose also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the National University of Judicial Sciences at Calcutta as the nominee of the Chief Justice of India. He was also the Chancellor of the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research. He was awarded with the Honorary Doctorate Degree (LL.D. Honoris Causa) by AMITY University, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh on 25th November, 2019.

The Right Person On The Chair:

All these qualifications and skills coupled with his vast experience made him the right person who could probe into the complaints against the government servants. To discharge an effective job of enquiring the possible corruption in the system, one needs proper understanding, knowledge and expertise in the functioning of every segment of the public functionaries. That, Pinaki Chandra Ghose is absolutely fitting into and this made him the first Lokpal of India on 19th March 2019. A top-level selection committee chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi selected Pinaki Chandra Ghose as the Lokpal. The President of India administered oath to him on 23rd March 2019. So, the member of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has thus become India's first anti-corruption ombudsman.

His Words of Value:

Ghose is a strong advocate of learning with application. He advises students on various occasions to crave for learning with application of knowledge in the uplift of down-trodden people and betterment of society. "It is the power of the youth, which must rise to the challenge to achieve the targets of eradication of poverty, health for all, education of all, power for all and higher living standards for all", he says.

While the anti-corruption department has been receiving complaints against several spheres of public administration, Ghose and his team are striving their best to resolve the cases to provide benefit to the deserving. May the Lokpal function to its full capacity, may more people know about this and get justice out of their work. May the nation walk towards a corruption free tomorrow.

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