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CM cautioned on Lokayukta

Shillong, Dec. 12: Anti-graft activists today cautioned the Mukul Sangma government from making the much-anticipated Lokayutka law into another Lokpal episode.

“We welcome the government’s commitment to act on the people’s demand for a stronger and more independent Lokayukta Act,” Angela Rangad, leader of Meghalaya Right to Information Movement, said.

At the same time, she was hopeful that the bare minimum requirement that the movement demanded would be included in the act.

“We also hope that there will be a call to vote on the bill and it will not merely be tabled and referred to a select committee, given that the House will be dissolved if the bill is not passed and it will lapse. We don’t want it to be another Lokpal episode of being tabled over and over again with no result,” she said.

Rangad also said the movement would be vigilant and gauge the commitment of all individual representatives and parties on this bill.

She asked the government to set a time-frame within which the bill would be operational once it is passed.

“We will continue our sit-in demonstration till we are certain of the form of the act and the final outcome. We are prepared for any further action if required,” she added.

Yesterday, the chief minister said his government intends to introduce the bill to replace the existing Lokayukta Act, 2002, during the current winter session.

Sangma had also said the bill proposes to bring everyone, including the chief minister, under its ambit.