Lokayukta gets paralyzed, alleges AACS


ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS) has alleged that the present BJP government in the state has paralyzed the actual intent of establishing the body Lokayukta by amending or removing half of the Lokayukta Act 2014.

Addressing a press conference here today, AACS president Kirgo Sora said that the state government has deleted half of the Lokayukta Act 2014 during the second session of the seventh Legislative Assembly in 2019 while amending the Lokayukta law which was passed during the Congress government and added, the state Lokayukta Act got totally paralyzed with removal of half of the main strong sections from the law.

And now, the state government is planning to bring out the ‘loose’ Lokayukta Amendment Act 2019 in the form of a book very soon which has already been assented to by the Governor.

The replacement and deletion of important parts from the Lokayukta Act 2014 by the state government is very unfortunate. Lokayukta law was brought in country after a long fight under the leadership of Gandhian Anna Hazare for the welfare of the country especially poor people and to control the corruption in the country.

Recently, when we met the Lokayukta Chairperson, Justice (Retd) P K Saikia, we got to know that half of main sections of Lokayukta Act 2014 were removed or replaced from its actual law thereby making the Lokayukta powerless which we feel is very sad, he added.

He also claimed that a total of 80 posts are lying vacant in the State Lokayukta for the last 3 years.

Till date, no complaint has been received in the State Lokayukta, whereas other states including Assam are receiving hundreds of complaints and Lokayukta is working properly. 

Further, AACS has demanded that the state government bring back the Lokayukta Act 2014 in the coming Assembly session for the greater interest of the public. It also demanded that all the vacant posts in state Lokayukta be filled up for its smooth functioning.