Goa may have a Lokayukta appointed by September 30. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the government hopes to complete the selection of the Lokayukta (judge) by the month-end.
Parrikar said this on Wednesday after the cabinet approved rules for the Goa Lokayukta Act which was notified on May 18, 2012. Parrikar said the rules pertain to details on the Lokayukta’s functioning and that these will be notified immediately. Parrikar said the required staff for the institution of the Lokayukta has also been approved and the office of the Lokayukta will be housed at the old GMC complex at Ribandar.
The Goa Lokayukta Act aims for the establishment of the institution of Lokayukta to inquire into grievances and allegations against public functionaries in Goa and make provisions for the appointment of the Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayukta and for related matters.
Among other things, the Act seeks to investigate any “public functionary” who has abused or misused his position to obtain any gain to himself or to any other person or to cause loss or undue harm to any other persons. It also seeks to investigate any person who is in possession or has at any time during the period of his office been in possession of pecuniary resources or property disproportionate to his known sources of income, for which the pubic functionary cannot satisfactorily account.
The Goa Lokayukta Act has 11 definitions for “public functionaries” which include the chief minister, cabinet ministers and MLAs. It also covers presidents, vice-presidents, secretaries and managing directors of government corporations and other government bodies. BJP had promised in its assembly election manifesto that it would appoint a Lokayukta within 100 days of forming the government. The BJP government took office on March 9, 2012 and then president Pratibha Patil gave her assent to the Goa Lokayukta bill in May 2012.