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Lokayukta awareness program held

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/15/2019 11:44:06 AM IST

 All current Vigilance department cases now under Lokayukta

A Lokayukta awareness program was held on April 15 in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner Dimapur. 

According to DIPR, Lokayukta of Nagaland, Justice Uma Nath Singh highlighted fundamentals of the Lokayukta Act and also spoke on provisions for filing complaints under it.

He said that complaints can be entertained under Lokayukta under certain guidelines and provisions. Justice Singh also urged all the members to take effective measures in order to combat corruption.

IGP and director, Lokayukta, I. Meyi Onen, in his key note address said that the special feature of Nagaland Lokayukta Act 2017 was that prosecution sanction will no longer be with the State government as far as Lokayukta cases are concerned. With the implementation of the Lokayukta Act, all cases under investigation by the erstwhile Vigilance department is now inherited by the Lokayukta.

The Lokayukta has been empowered under section 26 of the Act to issue the prosecution sanction, he further added. Onen also maintained that the ushering in of Lokayukta should in no way dilute the Directorate of Investigation’s legal authority or operational effectiveness as far as criminal investigation of cases referred to them by Lokayukta is concerned. 

Citing corruption and mal-administration as being two maladies affecting efficiency of administration, Meyi said that he felt Lokayukta will act as a powerful preventive influence to ensure speedy and impartial decisions in matters affecting citizens at large.

UPA Lokayukta, Mayanglima, was of the view that people participation was important to bring down corruption and to make the commissioning of Lokayukta effective.

The program chaired by DC Dimapur was attended by HODs, administrative officers, NGOs, law students and others.

 

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