Lokayukta should be strengthened in the state : CM


Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh has stated in the assembly today that they would strengthen the existing Lokayukta institution after bringing new legislation’s during this budget session.

Mr. Singh who was giving reply today on the two days discussion on the state budget presented by the former on February 7, 2014 stated that the government was keen to bring the new legislation’s as suggested by the member of this house Maheshwar Singh.

Himachal Pradesh is a pioneer state in bringing the Lokayukta Act in 1983, where under a Lokayukta was appointed to look into the complaints regarding corruption against public servants.

“Now we want to strengthen the institution of Lokayukta on the analogy of the Lok Pal Act passed by the Parliament of India and we are going to introduce the new Lokayukta Bill in this session of Vidhan Sabha”, he added.

Replying to the issue raised by Congress member Asha Kumari, Mr. Singh said that provisions had also been made in the budget to provide public service delivery helpline which should be set up in each district headquarters.

“We have proposed to setup a call center based helpline where citizens can complain about any deficiency in the public services”, he said.

There will be a single uniform number for the entire state which will be easier for the citizens to remember on the analogy of 108, 100 etc. Complaints from any corner of the state will be directed by this helpline to the concerned departmental officer at the field level for suitable action. Therefore this help line will work like it has been setup in every district of the state.

Mr. Singh informed the house that two cases were registered by the vigilance department to take action against those involved in pulse scam. He said that probe has been done by the department in both matters.

In the first matter of complaint (No – 3/12) pertaining to tampering with tender conditions, an FIR was lodged on February 4, 2012 and a challan has been put up in the court on January 3, 2013 against two officers of the HP State Civil Supplies Corporation and proprietor of one of the firms.

In the second matter complaint [No – 3/12(ii)] pertaining to transportation of pulses, the matter has been closed by the vigilance department after proper inquiry.

Taking part in the budget discussion Maheshwar Singh had raised this issue in the house alleging that no action had been taken against the guilty in pulse scam which occurred during last BJP regime.

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