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Lokayukta to start functioning in Odisha from April 8

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Monday submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that Lokayukta will start functioning in the State from April 8.Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi appeared before the apex court in person and submitted the affidavit on behalf of the Odisha. The affidavit also mentioned that the appointment process of Lokayukta will be completed by March 31.

Earlier, the SC had asked the Odisha Government to fix a date for appointment of Lokayukta in the state and directed the Chief Secretary to appear before it.In compliance with the directives, the State Government constituted a seven-member search committee to recommend names for the selection of Lokayukta on December 10, last year.The search committee was formed at a high-level meeting of the selection committee headed by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Guest House.

The seven-member committee, led by the retired Judge of the Supreme Court and former Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Justice Amitava Roy, was asked to recommend the names for Lokayukta within a month.The other members of the committee were IAS officer Sanjiv Hota, former Odisha DGP Gopal Nanda, former IAS officer Dr RN Bohidar, Dr Bidhu Bhusan Samal, Prof Snigdha Patnaik of XIMB and Vice Chancellor of National Law University, Bangalore, Dr Venkata Rao Rambhatla.Notably, the Lokayukta Bill was passed in the Odisha Assembly on February 14, 2014.

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