CM ready for changes in Goa Lokayukta bill

 

The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that he is open for the review of the quantum of punishment – fine as well as imprisonment
 
PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that he is open for the review of the quantum of punishment – fine as well as imprisonment – as recently fixed by the government in the form of amendments to the Goa Lokayukta (first amendment) bill, 2013.
 
Speaking to the pressmen at the Secretariat, the Chief Minister said that he is open for the changes after a discussion on the matter, particularly if he is convinced that the intentional bogus complaints would not be made to the state Lokayukta.
 
"I am not worried about bogus complaints filed against the ministers or the Chief Minister," Mr Parrikar emphasised, pointing out that however, if such complaints are made against the bureaucrats, there is a fear of the state administration facing its collapse. "And such things can definitely happen, especially due to personal rivalry," he noted, citing the example of difficulty faced by the government in appointing the state information commissioner, due to certain elements in the society.
 
The Chief Minister further said that one in every 16 persons from Goa would be brought under the ambit of the Goa Lokayukta Act, once it is implemented. "Nearly 80,000 adults out of the total 10,00,000 adults in the state, that is 12 per cent adult population from Goa, would fall under the ambit of this legislation," he maintained stating that apart from public functionaries, the teachers, headmasters, officials of the co-operative societies as well as banks, and NGOs receiving certain amount from government and more would come under the scope of the Act. [NT]