CM to be brought under Lokayukta in Assam: Gogoi

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday said that the Chief Minister would be brought under the ambit of the Lokayukta Bill in Assam and appealed to Gandhian Anna Hazare to end his fast.

Last Updated: Aug 26, 2011, 18:50 PM IST

Guwahati: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday
said that the Chief Minister would be brought under the ambit
of the Lokayukta Bill in Assam and appealed to Gandhian
Anna Hazare to end his fast.

"We will amend the Lokayukta Bill and also include
the chief minister there", Gogoi said talking to reporters
here.
"We are waiting for the Lokpal Bill to be passed in
Parliament. We will take the guidelines from the Lokpal
Bill, its main essence and provisions in our amendment", Gogoi
said.

"We will also have provisions for the High Court to
take up suo moto cases on corruption. We will also go for a
peoples charter with guarantee of service, means to check
bribe and create a grievance cell", he added.

To a query why government employees could not complain
under the Lokayukta Bill, Gogoi said, "they can go
to the vigilance cell. The public are the main victims".

On Anna Hazare`s fast, he said, "we are concerned
about the precious life of Anna Hazare. We want his fast to
come to an end. We appeal to him from Assam to end his fast",
"There is no difference between Hazare, the
government, political parties and civil society on his fight
against corruption. It is a matter of serious concern for all
that we see corruption everywhere", he pointed out.

Asserting there was difference in approach to the Lokpal
Bill, Gogoi said, "it appears to me, team Anna insists on the
Bill to be passed in Parliament, while the government has made
it clear that only through discussions the bill can be worked
out".

"It is a complicated matter and we have to solve it
amicably through give and take, discussions and conciliation.
In a democracy nobody can afford to not solve issues
amicably", Gogoi said.

Only through Parliament can the problem be solved as
it was the only competent authority to make law, he added.

"Even if their (team Anna) Bill is passed it will not
root out corruption. The fight has to go on. Anna Hazare has
created awareness about corruption", the chief minister said.

"We want to change the moral character of the people
with them vowing not to give and take bribes. The system has
to be changed. If we computerise and introduce e-government,
corruption can be ruled out to a great extent", Gogoi added.

PTI