Odisha Lokayukta Bill gets Nod from Prez Pranab Mukhrjee

Bhubaneswar, Jan 29: In a significant development, Odisha Lokayukta Bill, 2014, received a nod from President Pranab Mukherjee to become an Act. The Bill was passed in Odisha legislative assembly on Feb 14, 2014.

The government had tabled the significant anti-corruption Bill in the House to bring a strong law that would help to eliminate corruption in the administration right from panchayat to top body in the state.

The President's assent to the Bill added another fur to the cap of BJD's success during its rule in the state, replacing Odisha Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 1995.

Following the consent on Wednesday, the state government led by chief minister Naveen Patnaik would start the process for forming the 6-member Lokayukta panel that would deal with the corruption cases in Odisha.

As per the provision of the legislation, the chief minister, ex-chief ministers, other ministers, government officials, heads of panchayats, municipalities and trusts receiving government grants, NGOs, contractors (firm or persons) and suppliers dealing with government departments will be under the purview of Lokayukta.

The Lokayukta panel would be headed by the chairman. He would be appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the selection panel, which would be headed by chief minister. The Leader of Opposition, Speaker, Chief Justice of Orissa High Court or a judge nominated by him, a jurist nominated by the Governor would also be selection panel members.

The Lokayukta panel would comprise chairman, two judges, one non-judicial member (either woman or candidate from SC/ST/OBC).

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