BJP wants Goa Lokayukta 2003 Bill to be tabled

State BJP said that rather than going for a new bill, the state govt should table the Goa Lokayukta Bill 2003 during the assembly session.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2011, 22:55 PM IST

Panaji: State BJP on Monday said that rather
than going for a new bill, the state government should table
the Goa Lokayukta Bill 2003 during the forthcoming assembly
session.

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, who met chief
minister Digambar Kamat today, said that it has been suggested
that the 2003 Bill, which needs certain amendments, should be
tabled in the House, rather than tabling a new bill.

Goa state legislative assembly session will begin from
October 5.

"The bill can be placed with certain modifications on the
first day of the assembly and we assure the government that we
will help them pass it on the second day," Parrikar told
reporters here.

Even though the Goa State Law Commission has prepared a
new Goa Lokayukta Bill, 2011 which was supposed to be placed
before the session, the state Law Department has pointed out
certain anomalies in the new bill.

During an interaction with the civil rights groups on
Sunday in Goa, former Karnataka Lokayukta Santosh Hegde had
also said that the state should place the old bill. "It will
take almost two years, if the process is initiated afresh," he
had said.

Goa Lokayukta Bill, 2003 was passed in the assembly in
the year 2007 and referred to the Centre for the President`s
assent. However, it was referred back to the state government,
as certain sections in it were clashing with the Right to
Information Act (RTI).

PTI