Dehradun: The Uttarakhand government has
initiated the process of drafting a strong and an effective
Lokayukta Bill and intends to bring the office of Chief
Minister under its ambit, Chief Minister B C Khanduri said.
After a meeting with Team Anna comprising Arvind
Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Kumar Vishwas here Monday night,
Khanduri said the discussions with the members were part of
the exercise to make the bill strong so that it can keep an
effective check on the corruption, an official release on Tuesday said.
The Chief Minister said the Lokayukta Bill would soon be
introduced in the state Assembly.
Team Anna members had arrived here yesterday on the
invitation of the Chief Minister to give their suggestions for
a tough and effective Lokayukta bill against corruption.
Soon after taking over as Uttarakhand Chief Minister on
September 11, Khanduri had declared that his government would
bring a fresh strong Lokayukta bill where suggestions of Jan
Lokpal draft bill of Anna Hazare would also be incorporated.
Khanduri said the suggestions from other institutions
and organisations have also been invited to make Lokayukta
stronger and more effective.
The Chief Minister also told the members of Team Anna
that the state government has created a separate department
for good governance, corruption elimination and public
service, which would also carry out regular monitoring of
Listing the steps taken by him against corruption,
Khanduri said directives have been issued to ministers and
officials of the state to declare their assets by October 15.
A decision is also being taken for public utilisation of
benami property in the state, he added.