Naveen Patnaik favours strong Lokpal

Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said his government was committed to amending the existing law to make an effective Lokayukta in the state.

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011, 17:53 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Advocating a strong Lokpal in the country, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday said his government was committed to amending the existing law to make an effective Lokayukta in the state.
"We are in favour of a strong Lokpal, and also an
effective Lokayukta at the state level and shall take steps to
amend the present law after the panchayat elections," Patnaik
told reporters here.

Stating that the BJD`s stand on the Lokpal Bill had been
made clear in the Lok Sabha yesterday, Patnaik said "as far as
CBI is concerned, the anti-corruption wing of the agency
should come under the Lokpal."

On allegation by opposition Congress that the BJD
government was suppressing the state Lokayukta`s reports on
Vedanta University, Patnaik claimed that a number of pending
special reports had so far been cleared in the state cabinet.

"We`ll bring rest of the Lokpal`s special reports to the
cabinet shortly and then place them before the assembly as per
procedure," he said.
Stating that he was "very concerned" over the health of
Anna Hazare, the chief minister hoped the Gandhian would
recover very soon.

PTI