Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday
asserted that his government had "bold intentions" to have "a
strong and effective" Lokayukta but it would also have to
look into if the post of Lokayukta was being brought under the
Centre`s proposed Lokpal Bill.
"We want to have a strong and effective Lokayukta. We
have bold intentions for the purpose and bring the Chief
Minister within the ambit of Lokayukta in the bill proposed to
be brought during the winter session of the state assembly",
Kumar told reporters.
"But according to the debate held in Parliament, views
have been expressed for bringing Lokayukta within the purview
of Lokpal, citizen charter, besides the public servants in
the lower level", he said.
The Chief Minister said the Standing Parliamentary
Committee was looking into these subjects.
"The state government has prepared itself about
Lokayukta... we are making our own legislation... we have
discussed the matter with various people and elicited their
views on the issue of strong Lokayukta", Kumar said.
"But we will also have to see if there have been
provisions for bringing the Lokayuktas of states in case the
Parliament approves the Lokpal Bill," he said.
"If the Parliamentary committee will seek our views on
the issue of Lokayuktas, we will respond", Chief Minister