Saturday, August 13, 2022

Gov’s intervention sought to frame rules for Lokayukta

RTI Initiative has sought governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi’s intervention in the matter of framing rules for Lokayukta and Upa Lokayukta and their employees.
In a representation to Mukhi, RTI Initiative’s Odi Jamir and ST Yapang Lkr recalled that the Nagaland Lokayukta Act was passed in 2017 and the governor had subsequently constituted a High Power Committee to give effect to Section 36 of the Act – a) to consider and bring out the Nagaland Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta (Condition of Service Rules, b) to give effect to Section 36 of the Nagaland Lokayukta Act, 2017 on transfer of service condition for staff under State Vigilance Commission to Lokayukta.
However, they regretted that despite the Lokayukta office having started functioning in full swing since the past three years and five months, no such rules has been framed by the State government in respect of the Lokayukta office till today.
They said whenever they had filed cases in the Lokayukta, the appellant and employees were found to be facing many hurdles and obstacles due to absence of specific rules and regulations.
The duo said it was imperative that the State government should have framed the rules before the office started functioning. But they expressed surprise how the government had kept the matter pending and allowed functioning of the ombudsman without rules for such a long time.
Hence, in the interest of public service, they demanded that the government should provide enough manpower, conveyance for mobilisation, rules and regulations, sufficient budget, adequate number of administrative and investigation officers and staff to Nagaland Lokayukta.
They said the representation was being submitting on the basis of RTI reply given by P&AR (Vigilance Branch) PIO in July 2022 and the result of the RTI was damp squib. They mentioned that they were deeply concerned about the Lokayukta for absence of established rules for day-to-day function of the office.
To enable the Lokayukta office to function without any hindrance and deliver justice as per public expectations, they requested the governor to intervene in the matter of framing rules without any further delay.


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