Congmen meet Gov, object to Lokayukta amendments


The state Congress Monday met the Governor, B V Wanchoo in a bid to request him not to give his assent to the amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Act, with both the Congress Legislature Party chief and Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane and the party president Subash Shirodkar meeting him along with MLAs.
In its petition, Congress states that its ‘main objection’ is to the two amendments   the proposed hike in the penalty for a wrong or mistaken application made to the Lokayukta Act and the clause which seeks to make report as deemed rejected if it is not accepted within the time frame.
“The two amendments go to the (root) of Lokayukta institution and makes it non-effective,” the petition signed by both Rane and Shirodkar says.
The petition asks the Governor not to accord his assent to the amendment bill that was passed in the House amidst an Opposition walkout and also want him to return the bill to the Speaker for reconsideration of the same ‘with any suggestions if any…’
Not only the amendments, but even the bill itself has come under fire from civil society that has demanded changes along the lines of the Uttarakhand draft while other sections have opposed the amendments.
The original bill was passed by the Congress-led government while the BJP-led government has brought in the amendments even before the Lokayukta has started functioning. But sources say that the bill has still not been sent to the Governor. Similarly, the other details on the office of the Lokayukta have not been sent to the Governor.  [H]