Org demands implementation of Lokayukta

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Dec 4: Anti-graft organisation, the Anna Samarthak Arunachal Pradesh (ASAP), has demanded that the state government immediately implement the Lokayukta Act in the state.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, RTI activist Payi Gyadi said though the State Legislative Assembly had passed the Lokayukta Act in its fifth session on 5 March, 2014, and the Governor gave his assent to it on 16 May, 2014, the state government has failed to implement it.
“The state government has committed constitutional impropriety by not constituting the Lokayukta till date,” Gyadi said.
Accusing the government of avoiding implementing the Act, Gyadi said the government works “only when the people are aware.”
The ASAP also demanded full implementation of the MS Swaminathan recommendations on the causes of farmers’ distress and the rise in farmer’s suicides.
The organisation also demanded electoral reformation in the country, as well as in the state, to ensure that corruption is eradicated. It opined that the election symbols of the candidates should be replaced by the faces of the candidates, and that either NOTA or the right to reject should be introduced in the electoral process.
The organisation informed that anti-corruption campaigner Anna Hazare will visit Itanagar on December 16 to interact with the youths and discuss various issues, including the Lokayukta Act.
It appealed to the state government to declare Padmashree and Padma Bhusan awardee Anna Hazare as state guest and provide helicopter service for his visit.