Govt still undecided over Lok Ayukta

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 07 September 2011 21:14 IST

Goa government is still undecided over bringing the Lok Ayukta bill in the forthcoming Assembly session, scheduled from 5 October.

“We have still not decided over it”, chief minister Digambar Kamat today told a group of media persons.

The Lok Ayukta bill was actually passed by Goa Assembly unanimously on 27 April 2007, almost four years ago.

However, it was not assented for either by the governor or the President of India, due to some clashing clauses.

After the bill was returned, the government had decided to withdraw it and table a fresh bill. Accordingly, notice to withdraw was also given.

However, the matter could not be taken up on 29 March this year as the proceedings were boycotted by the opposition BJP on drugs mafia issue.

Adv Satish Sonak, local leader of the India Against Corruption, however feels that the government need not withdraw the bill that was already passed by the Assembly.

“They could simply amend it by dropping the section the union government has objected to”, he said.

He has even charged that the government is indulging itself in delay tactics.

“Any further delay would only erode the government credibility”, Adv Sonak opined.

During Anna Hazare’s indefinite fast, chief minister Kamat had that the bill will be tabled during the coming Assembly session.

Meanwhile, outgoing governor Dr S S Siddhu told The Navhind Times that the government could very well have the Lok Ayukta by issuing ordinance.

“Ultimately what is needed is to send a message to the people of Goa that the government is serious in dealing with the corruption menace”, said Dr Siddhu.

The forthcoming two-day Assembly session, on 5 and 7 October, would be the last session before fresh Assembly poll.

The term of the Assembly expires in June. However, the state government is reportedly planning to go for early dissolution in order to have election by February or March next year. 

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Agitation alone, against corruption does not seem to be enough for our state; are these issues being highlighted to the central and why are these ministers elected all over again.

- Anthony Crasto, Chennai | 10 th September 2011 04:20

 

To N Fernandes,

Your wise comments please.

- John W D Souza, Margoa- Goa | 08 th September 2011 10:10

 

This once again highlights why Anna's agitation was necessary...The Lokayukta should not be left at the discretion of the State Governments whether they like to install one or not... Lokayukta is always necessary to keep a check on corruption, nepotism, misuse of powers, wasting taxpayers' money etc....It is a shame that such vital issue has been kept lingering for so many years......

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 08 th September 2011 09:07

 

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