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Lokayukta act changes on anvil: CM

Shillong, Jan. 7: The Meghalaya Lokayukta Act, 2013 is likely to undergo further changes to conform to the provisions of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2013 passed by Parliament last year, according to chief minister Mukul Sangma.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting here this evening, he announced that a law on social auditing, where work undertaken by government departments will come under concurrent scrutiny rather than the standard post-mortem, would be finalised this year.

“We have to see the Meghalaya Lokayukta Act, 2013 is effective enough on the lines of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2013,” he said, asserting that the act is strong enough.

He said an exercise would be undertaken to check whether additional amendments are needed. Anti-graft activists have been terming the Meghalaya act as “weak” and wanted more amendments to make it more effective.

At the same time, he said the government would work towards the finalisation of the social auditing bill this year, which would facilitate the scrutiny of various work undertaken by the government departments. However, he said the bill would ensure it would not come into conflict with any existing law.

On the National Food Security Act, he said the government was in no hurry to implement the same, as it wanted the revolutionary law to be effectively put into practice across the state. He said the list of beneficiaries would be prepared according to the data collected during the socio-economic census.

Apart from the supply of essential commodities through the public distribution system, he said his government was working on a plan to offer nutritional security to people.

The agriculture and horticulture departments have been asked to collaborate with farmers for converting inorganic farmlands to organic.