Nitish welcomes suggestions on Lokayukta

Expressing his resolve for constituting "a strong and effective" Lokayukta, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said he would appreciate suggestions from any individual, team or groups for it.

Last Updated: Nov 11, 2011, 17:41 PM IST

Bettiah (Bihar): Expressing his resolve for
constituting "a strong and effective" Lokayukta, Bihar Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said he would appreciate
suggestions from any individual, team or groups for it.

"We will appreciate suggestions or opinions from any
individual, team or groups on constituting a strong and
effective Lokayukta," Kumar said on the sidelines of his
`Janata Darbar` (public hearing) programme here.

Stating that the proposed draft for the Lokayukta was
discussed by the state Cabinet on Tuesday and it was "not
final", Kumar said the Cabinet had decided to place the draft
on the government`s websites to elicit opinions from various
sections.

"We have called an all-party meeting in Patna on November
26 for consultations on the proposal," Kumar said, adding his
intention was quite clear to bring Chief Minister, ministers
and officials within the ambit of Lokayukta.

The Cabinet had set up a three-member ministerial
committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister SK Modi to
fine-tune the draft and it would once again be placed for
discussion for final approval by the Cabinet after he would
personally vet the draft, Kumar said.

Stating that his government can enact a legislation which
is permitted within the legislative purview, Kumar said he had
never believed in "doing something merely as show".

"I made my statement on team Anna yesterday because the
mediamen approached me for the same... I don`t harbour any
grudge against any group or team on any matter," the Chief
Minister said.

PTI