Draft Goa Lokayukta Bill submitted to CM

The draft Goa Lokayukta Bill was submitted to CM Digambar Kamat with many important provisions.

Panaji: The draft Goa Lokayukta Bill, which
draws inspiration from the JanLokpal, was submitted to Chief
Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday with many important provisions
including the one to bring the state head under its ambit.

After formally accepting the draft, Kamat told reporters
that the Bill would be tabled before the forthcoming State
Legislative Assembly session beginning from October 4.

Goa Law Commission Chairman Ramakant Khalap said there
are parts from Jan Lokpal Bill including separate prosecution
wing under Lokayukta, separate court and others that are
embedded in the draft.

"We may be criticised for doing cut and paste job from
bills like Jan Lokpal Bill, Lokpal bill and Central government
bills. But we have taken large portions from those bills,"
Khalap told reporters.

He said that every complaint reported to Lokayukta would
be investigated within six months and the special court will
have to prosecute it in one year.

The draft bill gives power to Lokayukta to enquire suo
moto as well as on complaint and reference by government into
all allegations of corruption, favouritism, nepotism, lack of
integrity and others.

In an important provision, the Lokayukta will be
empowered to take action against all functionaries including
Chief Minister, Ministers, MLAs, and all government servants
as well as office bears of local bodies, municipalities, Zilla
parishads, panchayats, cooperative societies, societies,
government companies, NGOs and individuals getting grant of
more than Rs one lakh from the government or foreign or public

"A high court judge will alone be qualified to be
Lokayukta or Upa-Lokayukta," Khalap said adding that the
Lokayukta will have its own investigation and prosecution

"Special courts will be established to try the
offenders," he said.

Khalap said no previous authorisation or sanction will
be required to take cognisance of any complaint or to probe
into any offence of corruption or to prosecute an offender.

Moreover, all public functionaries will be liable to
disclose their assets, he said adding that disproportionate
assets will be confiscated and bank accounts may be frozen.

"Pending inquiry a public functionary may be transferred
or suspended," the draft reads.

It has also made it mandatory for every department to
publish its citizen charter and update it regularly.


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