Anti-graft body demands Lokayukta Act in original form

By Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Expressing discontentment over the deletion of ordinances from the Lokayukta (Amendment) Act 2014, the Arunachal Anti-Corporation Sena (AACS) on Thursday demanded the state government to amend the Act without any modification over its ordinances in the next assembly session.

The government had on October 23, 2019 has deleted/replaced lots of major power and functions including appropriate section & sub-section of the Arunachal Pradesh Lokayukta bill, which curtailed the power of the Lokayukta in the state, said AACS President Kirgo Sora during a press conference here at Arunachal Press Club (APC).

The Lokayukta (Amendment) Act 2019, which was passed in the second session of 7th Legislative Assembly 2022 and received the assent of the Governor, must be repealed for the greater interest of the poor people of the state, he added.

Informing that the state government had deleted major ordinances from the Act such as Chapter – IV (Prosecution Wing) section 12, chapter VI (Jurisdiction in respect of inquiry) section 16 Sub-Section 1 (b) (c) (e), chapter VIII (Power of Lokayukta) Section 26 (1) and chapter IX (Offences and Penalties) etc, the AACS said that by deleting the sections of the Act, the state government are indirectly encouraging corruption in the state.

“Lokayukta Act is the highest level statutory body for the poor people that granted a platform to fight against any corrupted officer, administration and public servants in issues related to misuse of power, but it has also been snatched away by the government,” rued AACS general secretary Tadar Doro.

The anti-graft body also demanded for immediate advertisement of the Lokayukta office’s staff which has been lying vacant for many years.

In total 80 posts are lying vacant at the Lokayukta establishment, Sena added.

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