Shillong, Nov. 19: The Meghalaya Right to Information Movement (MRTIM), a body of RTI activists, along with several pressure groups, today resolved to launch a strong campaign for an “independent” Lokayukta in the state.
The decision was taken at a meeting held here and organised by the movement.
Those who attended the meet included members from the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), Federation of Khasi-Jaintia & Garo People (FKJGP), Hynniewtrep National Youth Front (HNYF), Hynniewtrep A’chik National Movement (HANM), Civil Society Women’s Organisation (CSWO), All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organisation (AJYWO), Lympung Ki Seng Kynthei, Synjuk Kynthei Catholic, Bethany Society, Khasi Jaintia Welfare Association, Youth 4 Change, North East Network and other individuals.
“We have decided to hold a series of awareness campaign throughout the state to demand this independent body to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption,” said Angela Rangad, a member of the movement.
She said campaign would present a draft bill to be moved in the upcoming Assembly session of the state. The Assembly will meet for the very last time on December 11, 13, and 14 before the polls scheduled for February-March next year.
“This draft bill seeks to repeal the defunct and toothless Meghalaya Lokayukta and Upalokayukta Act, 2002 which is yet to be implemented in the state,” Rangad said.