New Goa Lokayukta after judges retire

PRAKASH KAMAT/THE HINDU, PANAJI | 14 May 2014 20:17 IST

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that his government will soon initiate the process to appoint Lokayukta for the State.

Goa Lokayukta Justice (retd) Sudarshen Reddy had resigned within seven months of taking over on October 15 last year, citing personal reasons.

Mr. Parrikar said that around dozen judges from higher judiciary are set to retire in the near future.

Goa, according to the Lokayukta Act, should either have a retired Chief Justice of a High Court or a retired judge of the Supreme Court as its Lokayukta.

According to sources in the Lokayukta office, nearly a dozen complaints are pending in the Lokayukta Secretariat.

Justice Reddy had received a total 16 complaints during his seven month tenure, of which he disposed of some of the cases after preliminary inquiry while other complaints remained pending.

 

The complaints included cases of illegal mining referred to him by the State government. The Lokayukta was also handed over the probe of “recruitment scams” in the previous Congress government’s tenure.

Mr. Parrikar, who had promised "zero tolerance to corruption" immediately after coming to power in March 2012, had to appoint Lokayukta nearly after a year following civil society pressure to set up an autonomous mechanism to probe allegations of corruption.

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Giving Benefits For The Corrupt Government Officials Is Like Putting Salt In The Wounds Of The Common Man. For Just One Signature Of Them, Common Man Has To Go So Many Times. After A Long Request, They Sign Like They Are Doing Favour On The Common Man. They Forgets That This Common Man Is Paying Salary For Them.

- Jose Rod, Goa | 15 th May 2014 14:08

 

Any Service, Which Is Related To The Government Must Be Delivered In The Time-Bound Delivery And Not A Particular Service. All Service Must Have Time-Bound Delivery And If Failed Then Complain Automatically Reaching To The CM Office For Asking Why It Was Delayed And Not Convinced Then Suspend. Complaint Must Be Programmed. After Expiry Of Delivery Date, Computer Must Send The Report To The CM Office. Implement Citizen’s Charter Act.

- Jose Rod, Goa | 15 th May 2014 14:08

 

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