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CM to come under ambit of Lokayukta

Shillong, Dec. 11: A new Lokayukta bill to replace the existing Lokayukta Act, 2002, which will bring even the Meghalaya chief minister under its ambit, will be tabled during the current winter session of the Assembly.

This was announced by chief minister Mukul Sangma this evening after his cabinet had deliberated upon the draft of the Lokayukta Bill, 2012.

“The draft bill to enable the government to introduce a new Lokayutka bill to replace the existing Lokayukta Act, 2002, has been minutely studied, and we intend to introduce the new bill during the current winter session,” the chief minister told reporters.

At the same time, he said, the cabinet is likely to give its final stamp of approval on Thursday before it is brought to the House on Friday, which is also the last sitting of the winter session.

“The cabinet was of the view that certain fine-tuning was required to make the proposed bill much more focused on the issues of corruption. Hence, after the fine-tuning is done, the draft bill will again be brought before the cabinet on Thursday,” the chief minister said.

He said the intention of the proposed bill is to address the issues of corruption in a manner, which is befitting in the given circumstances and the emerging changes.

“We would like to ensure that this proposed bill is introduced during the current session and see how the House will decide in its wisdom,” he added.

He said legislators would have enough room to discuss on the bill once it was introduced in the House and also made it clear that the proposed bill would be applicable to all, including the chief minister.

The Meghalaya Right to Information Movement, a conglomerate of anti-graft activists, staged a demonstration today to demand a stronger Lokayukta Act.


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