"Uttarakhand Lokayukta stops salaries if no asset returns filed"

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 02 August 2013 22:43 IST

The Goa People’s Forum has condemned the nine MLAs, who have failed to file their property statement returns before Lokayukta within prescribed period.

GPF convenor Adv Satish Sonak has pointed out that Goa Lokayukta legislation being too soft is incapable of inducing any fears in such public functionary legislators.

In Goa, if no such statement is received, the Lokayukta is empowered to make a report to competent authority.

If within 2 months of such report the public functionary still does not furnish property statements all that the Lokayukta can do is to publish the names of such public functionaries in two newspapers and make a report to the Governor.

The Governor may only place the matter before the Legislative Assembly of Goa.

The Lokayukta and the Governor are helpless in matter of taking any penal action against such MLAs, observes Adv Sonak.

He also brings it to the notice of the public that under strict provisions of Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill 2011, if such returns, property statement are not submitted by the public servant by 31st July of that year, payment of his pay / salary will be stopped by the public authority with immediate effect till the statement is filed.

If it is found that the public servant owns some property which was not disclosed in his statement of assets, that property would be liable to be confiscated by the Lokayukta.

If the Lokayukta’s investigating officer finds any property or asset which appears to have been acquired by the corrupt acts of an accused person, it shall make an order of attachments of those assets.

The GPF has lamented that these strict Uttarakhand provisions are not still adopted in Goa and consequently the unpunished non-filing of returns is certain to afford opportunity for corruption.

The GPF has decided to remind Lokayukta that under the Lokayukta scheme in Goa, ‘if in the discharge of his functions under this act, he notices a practice or procedure which in his opinion affords an opportunity for corruption, he may bring it to the notice of the Government and may suggest such changes in the said practice or procedure as he may deem fit.’

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IAC must support Aam Aadmi Party. Arvind Kejriwal is Secular & Honest. Goans must vote Aam Aadmi Party. Aam Aadmi Party is Honest and Secular.

- John Ferns, Goa | 05 th August 2013 16:33

 

One of the most interesting "Returns" to be filed are those of the elected Panchayat Members.

MLA`s have always been known, to be in possession of copious amounts of illegal & ill-gotten wealth/assets. This has always been a foregone conclusion.

Many elected Sarpanches & Panches in Goa are either uneducated, ill -educated, semi -literate or plain illiterate.

Many have become stupendously rich overnight.

Many are now owners of Palatial Mansions, a string of Flats & Penthouses. and Imported Luxury cars.

Many of the immovable assets, liquid Assets(money, Stocks &shares & insurance policies) & even cars owned by Sarpanches & Panches are registered in 3rd Party names or Benami Accounts.

I am sure many Goans will be shocked to learn of the net worth(wealth) of many Panchas & sarpanches if they are ever published.

Ordinary Goans feel powerless as the Ruling Governments of Goa have protected these people or plainly turned a blind eye to their activities.

The Minister of Panchayats, Laximkant Parsekar himself, is too busy carving out riches for himself or using" insider information" from Government sources, to carve out future investment potential. The alleged Land he has purchased around MOPA is a glaring example. Mr Parsekar hardly has anytime for Administering the Panchayats.

It would be appropriate to publish all the Returns of the Local Panchayat Members in Local Newspapers ,Government websites and also make it known at the Gram Sabha meetings.

I am quite sure many Villagers will be shocked by these revelations.

Those in-charge of Coastal Panchayats, like Colva & Calangute/Varca/Benaulim have made the biggest financial killings. Much of it made through extortion.

Many of the Panch Members of Colva Panchayat have been given cars & garnished financially to grant a pending NOC to a Hotel owned by an Ex- Congress MLA. It will be interesting to see their returns.

- N.Fernandes, London | 03 rd August 2013 15:56

 

We need to have a replica of the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill in Goa, immediately.

The present Lokayukta bill of Goa is 'toothless' and 'spineless'.

If the CM is genuinely interested in preventing and stopping corruption in Goa, he will copy and paste Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill provisions. Otherwise, it will be clear that he is not interested in doing away corruption.

- Francisco, Goa | 03 rd August 2013 11:50

 

The MLA`s were given ample time and a further extension to File their Returns & assets ass demanded by The Lokayukta.

If MLA`s demonstrate such lack of responsibility, then they are not fit to be MLA`s.

All those who are late are now claiming they were out of State or their Chartered Accountants were not available.

The LOKAYUKTA Legislation should include a stiff penalty for those that fail to comply with its requests.

Thus far, the Lokayukta Legislation is as useful as a toothless tiger.

Thanks Mr Parrikar for letting Goans down.

Your election Manifesto and promises were a fraud.

- N.Fernandes, London | 02 nd August 2013 23:34

 

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