Bhubeneswar, 05 Feb, Abhijit Saha: Lokayukta Bill Passed In Odisha Assembly Odisha cabinet has cleared the Lokayukta Bill for the state today. In the cabinet meeting the chief minister Naveen Patnaik was the chairman today evening. After that the bill is passed by the state assembly during its ongoing session.
Sources said that some changes have been made in the draft of the bill structured earlier but no official changes have been notices in the bill so far. The source says that one of the major changes that have been made in the bill is getting the attention of Lokayukta for the state vigilance.
Today in the cabinet meeting there were total 13 items in the agendas but the Lokayukta Bill was the most important of them. Earlier on 3rd January the chief minister announced that the Odisha government would get it done within one month although it takes one year to pass the applicable legislation through the Central Act. He said that the state minister and council of ministers would also come under the attention of the state act. That time he also said that the government would pass the legislation as the government committed to fight corruption and bring transparency in public life.
The Lokayukta is an anti-corruption authority organization in the Indian states. Lokayukta was first introduces in the state of Maharashtra through the Maharashtra Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayuktas Act in 1971. While the Lokayukta in Maharashtra is considered as weak, the Lokayukta in Karnataka is considered to be the most powerful in the country. The Lokayukta helps the common man to bring to attention to the public, the corruption between the politicians and government officials.