Manipur assembly passed ‘Lokayukta Bill 2011′.

Okram Ibobi SinghImphal: The state assembly generally passed the ‘Manipur Lokayukta Bill 2011’ after strong debate on Thursday.

With the main purpose to check corruption and investigate into allegations raised against public functionaries, the bill was introduced by the government on Tuesday.

Though moving the anti-graft bill, chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh said that corruption has become a strict socio-economic trouble in the state.

Ibobi Singh said that “The bill was prepared after cross-checking and analyzing models of the same formulated by other states. It will cover all public servants ranging from those working in the lowest strata to those working in the highest echelons including legislatures, ministers and the chief minister.”

Opposition leader Radhabinod Koijam, while agreeing that the bill deserved directly consent taking into account the rising level of corruption in the state, yet said the bill is very complex and needs an in-depth relook.

According to the bill, there would be one chairman and two members for the Lokayukta and the selection committee of this opus will comprise the chief minister, opposition leader and the assembly speaker.

As per the bill provisions, if any grievance on corruption is filed against the chief minister, the same would be progression only when two-third of the house members give their assent.

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