April 4, 2012 3:51:38 am
The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet,which met on Tuesday evening,cleared Lokayukta Bill 2012 proposing fresh changes in the original draft by incorporating suggestions sent by state Lokayukta Justice (Retd) L S Panta and certain provisions of the Uttarakhand law.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,scheduled to introduce the Bill in the Assembly on Wednesday and propose the same to be passed before the last day of the session on April 6,held deliberations on major provisions in the law. It covers office of the CM,Speaker,Cabinet ministers and Panchayati Raj Institution members and heads. The Uttarakhand Bill,which is still awaiting the assent of the President of India,is undoubtedly a strong law but the draft prepared by the states Home department after detailed discussions with legal luminaries is perhaps much stronger in several contexts, a senior minister told The Indian Express.
Some significant changes in the Bill include grant of suo motu powers to the Lokayukta to take action on the complaints of corruption and making the institution a three-member body instead of a one-man commission. The Lokayukta will have an independent investigating agency and a separate prosecution wing.
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