In the last session before the Assembly is dissolved, the Orissa government will move a Bill in the House Monday for having a separate Lokayukta. The tenure of the current Assembly ends in May this year before which Assembly elections will be held along with the general election.
Though Orissa was the first state to enact the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act in 1970, it only had a Lokpal. Though the Act provided for a Lokayukta on a par with a judge of the HC with the same powers as of Lokpal, in Orissa no Lokayukta was ever appointed ever since the institution started. The Lokpal discharged functions of both Lokpal and Lokayukta.
With Parliament passing the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 and President Pranab Mukherjee giving his assent last month, Orissa would be among the first states to adopt the central law and have a Lokayukta. As per the law, there would be a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in states. State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kalpataru Das said CM and the Council of Ministers would be under the purview of the proposed Act.