‘Lokayukta settles 409 cases,govt takes action in only 9’

The Haryana Lokayukta’s claims that the institution has been reduced to a “toothless tiger” doesn’t seem to be devoid of reality

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 8, 2014 1:16 pm

The Haryana Lokayukta’s claims that the institution has been reduced to a “toothless tiger” doesn’t seem to be devoid of reality.

Sample this: Out of the 1,432 complaints that were filed before the Haryana Lokayukta in 2012-2013,it had disposed off 409 complaints till March 31. However,out of these,while the concerned departments had taken action against erring officials in only nine cases,18 were referred to the government for necessary action. The Lokayukta is yet to receive any intimation from the government about the fate of the remaining complaints.

This,according to the Lokayukta’s annual report for 2012-13,where it has demanded more powers so that cases pertaining to corruption could be dealt with in a more professional manner.

It has demanded that the institution be given powers to deal with contempt of court cases,take suo moto cognizance of incidents,protect whistleblowers,etc. The Lokayukta has also demanded that it be given adequate staff and anomaly in pay structure removed.

The report stated that there is a general perception that findings,recommendations and observations of Lakayukta do not carry any force and are,many a times,not given due weight,respect and honour. “This general administrative belief ultimately leads to the defeat of noble aim to give relief to aggrieved persons. As such,to make the persons concerned feel the authority of this institution such a provision is highly recommended,” Lokayukta Pritam Pal,former judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,wrote in his report.

Assembly may take up 16 Bills today

CHANDIGARH: With the duration of the Monsoon Session of the Haryana Assembly being extended by a day,the House is likely to take up 16 bills on Tuesday. Some of these are: Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas (Second Amendment) Bill,Haryana Good Conduct Prisoners (Temporary Release) Amendment Bill,Punjab Village Common Lands (Regulation) Haryana Amendment Bill,Haryana Cattle Fairs (Amendment) Bill and The Haryana Municipal Corporation (Second Amendment) Bill.

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