Anti-graft activists demanded modification to Meghalaya Lokayukta.

Meghalaya LokayuktaShillong: Anti-graft activists in Meghalaya on Monday demanded modification to the Meghalaya Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Act, 2002 on the lines of the ombudsman in Uttarakhand.

“We want the Meghalaya government to either amend or repeal the existing Meghalaya Lokayukta and Up-Lokayukta Act, 2002 since, in the present form it is toothless and anti-people,” Meghalaya Right to Information Movement (MRTIM) Chief Michael Syiem told IANS.

Stating that the MRTIM had been demanding an efficient anti-corruption mechanism in Meghalaya for the preceding five years, Syiem said that the government was efforts to appoint a Lokayukta in Meghalaya assuming of a toothless and anti-people law.

Syiem said that “This law, which the government had kept in cold storage for more than 10 years, has been suddenly rediscovered as the government knows that the Lokayukta under it would be a powerless body.”

Under the present law, the Lokayukta would be a body with only investigating and recommendatory powers, he added.

It would have no power to start an investigation and accuse or punish corrupt public servants. The ombudsman would also require financial, judicial and administrative independence, Syiem said.

“The chief minister would be exempted from the purview of Lokayukta and no grievances against ministers, MLAs and high-level bureaucracy could be entertained by this body,” he added.

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