India’s Lokpal and Lokayukta Act 2013 is a law intended to regulate and control corruption in public institutions. The role of the lokpal (literally, “public guardian,” or officer of the government of India) is that of an ombudsman to look into corruption allegations against administrators, including legislators and public servants.
However, nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and charitable institutions have also been included within its purview. The act is regulated by the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances, and Pensions.
This FAQ answers some of the most common questions about the Act, with a focus on nonprofits.
More information about the Act can be found in our India Philanthropy Law Report.