Lokayukta report: Govt no to most suggestions
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Delhi Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin tabled his annual report in the Assembly on Thursday. The report for 2011-12 said his office received 763 complaints and 75 were pending from the previous year. During the same period, the Lokayukta disposed of 773 cases and 65 cases are still pending.
Justice Sarin also made several recommendations in his report, most of which were turned down by the Delhi government.
Recommendation:The government conducted further enquires or investigations despite the Lokayukta's report. The Lokayukta is a retired High Court judge and, hence, no further enquiry is required once he makes a recommendation.
Rejected:The basic role of the Lokayukta is to conduct investigations and make recommendations. Penal action against any functionary can be taken by the appointing authority and not by enquiry officers. Constitutional authorities are entitled to decided what actions need to be taken.
Recommendation:Suggestions from a high judicial functionary such as a Lokayukta to bring about probity to curb mal-administration deserve to be given due consideration.
Rejected:No such suggestions have been made by the previous Lokayuktas for improvement in practices and procedures. However, due consideration as per exigencies could be given whenever such recommendations are received.
Recommendation:The need for an Uplokayukta for effective functioning of the institution.
Rejected:According to provisions, the Uplokayukta has a very small sphere of area to look after. This post has not been created as the volume of work with Lokayukta is very limited.
Recommendation:The Lokayukta has observed that there is a requirement to amend the Delhi Lokayukta and Uplokayukta Act, 1995, to include civil servants under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta.
Rejected:The primary aim of the Lokayukta is to probe allegations against public servants and not civil servants. The suggestion is not sustainable because civil servants are under the jurisdiction of the CVC, CBI and fall under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
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