The father, who drives a private bus, says his son, a Class 10 student of a government school in the village, used a smartphone to attend his online classes. On October 11, the phone screen broke, but the boy kept it to himself, telling his mother only a couple of days later.
According to Prafulla Kumar Misra, the definition of a ‘public functionary’ — against whom a complaint of maladministration can be raised — in the Act does not include any person appointed to a civil or public service or a post in connection with the affairs of the state.
The bulk of Goa’s average annual 7.8 million tourists head to the coastal belts, and beach shacks are considered to be a major attraction. This year, however, the Covid-19 pandemic presents unusual uncertainties and challenges.
“If you ask me in one sentence my experience in dealing with these complaints as Lokayukta in Goa, I will say they should abolish the institution of Lokayukta,” Justice Prafulla Kumar Misra Misra told The Indian Express.
Retired Justice Prafulla Kumar Misra calls for urgent interventions in giving “teeth to the institution of Lokayukta” and speaks of his disenchantment, as the state government has “till date has not executed a single Lokayukta report” he has recommended.
The industry can also be explained through the demographics. While annual footfall is 80 lakh, only 10 to 12 lakh are foreign tourists, who usually stay through charter rates and for a longer period of minimum 14 days.