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Activists demand strong Lokayukta

Shillong, Dec. 10: Anti-graft activists today took a jibe at the Meghalaya government by stating that it could have added another feather to its cap by agreeing to pass the stronger version of the Lokayukta Act in the winter session of the Assembly commencing tomorrow.

However, the alleged indifference of the government towards tabling the act in the Assembly has forced the activists to decide to demonstrate for three days from tomorrow.

The demonstration will be held on December 11, 13 and 14, coinciding with the winter session, near the additional secretariat from 10am to 3pm.

Meghalaya Right to Information Movement convener Michael N. Syiem said by passing the act in this session, the government could have taken the credit.

“By passing the act, the government could have claimed another feather on its cap,” Syiem said.

The movement lambasted chief minister Mukul Sangma and said he had gone back on his words. Sangma had reportedly assured the anti-graft activists that he would be calling an all-party meeting to discuss the draft Lokayukta bill prepared by the activists.

However, he not only failed to convene the meeting, but also cancelled the proposed meeting on December 4. The activists said Speaker Charles Pyngrope, who had reportedly assured that a discussion on the bill would be allowed during the session, had also gone back on his promise.

Legislators Hoping Stone Lyngdoh and Paul Lyngdoh had desired to move a resolution to have a strong Lokayukta Act to check corruption, but this was rejected by the Speaker.