Civil society questions Parrikar's zero tolerance to corruption

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 29 January 2013 23:45 IST

Walmiky Naik

Civil society has reacted sharply to the amendments proposed by chief minister Manohar Parrikar to the Lokayukta Act, calling it diluting Lokayukta’ s authority while questioning his slogan of zero tolerance to corruption.

The activists fighting corruption have even questioned the competency of the Governor and the Chief Minister in deciding about the matters, which are already decided by the people holding positions of chief justice of high court or justice at Supreme Court.

Satish Sonak, leader of Goa People’s Forum and anti-corruption activist, has in fact questioned the competency of the governor or the chief minister.

After the Lokayukta indicts the public functionary for corruption, the final decision is being left to either the governor in case of the chief minister or the MLAs or the chief minister in case of bureaucrats, heads of corporations and public authorities as well as Ministers.

While other public functionaries cease to continue in their position in case of indictment and bureaucrats get suspended followed by inquiry, the MLAs, the ministers and the chief ministers have been exempted from this provision, as per the amendment proposed by chief minister Manohar Parrikar to the existing Lokayukta act.

The amendment bill is presented and expected to be discussed and passed on 31 January.

According to Adv Sonak, the governor is the appointee of the central government while the chief minister would always try to protect his or her ministers rather than punishing them.

“The competent authority in such cases should be the judges of high court or supreme court and not the politicians”, states Adv Sonak.

Walmiky Naik, activist of the India Against Corruption, is completely shattered with Parrikar’s action.

“He came to power riding on the anti-corruption wave. How could he shield the corrupt”, he asks.

He also recalls the written assurance of the BJP to amend the Lokayukta act on the lines of Uttarakhand act and not such amendments.

Christopher Fonseca, secretary of the CPI, in fact suspects a bigger conspiracy in the Assembly while passing the anti-people and pro-corruption amendments.

According to Fonseca, it would be a match-fixing on the floor of the House while passing this bill. 

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