Congress to urge Governor not to give assent to amended Lokayukta bill

Objecting to all the recent amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Act, the Congress legislature party on Thursday requested the leader of the opposition, Mr Pratapsingh Rane to write a letter to the Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo urging him to refuse assent to the Goa Lokayukta (first amendment) bill, 2013. The particular bill included various amendments to the Goa Lokayukta Act including provision for fine up to `10 lakh for filing false/ frivolous complaints.

The CLP, which was headed by Mr Rane, further extended its support to a daylong assembly session for discussing the nitty-gritty of the particular bill vis-à-vis amendments to it, if the government finds it necessary to convene such a session.
The CLP members also felt that the recent statement of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on the floor of the House as regards the recommended candidate for state Lokayukta, Mr Justice (retd) B Sudarshan Reddy making certain suggestions to the government for amending the Goa Lokayukta Act, must be probed.
The CLP members observed that even though Section 29 of the Goa Lokayukta Act has a provision for ‘the Lokayukta/ Upa Lokayukta to suggest changes in the practice or procedure (of the Act) as may deemed fit’, it is doubtful whether Mr Justice (retd) Reddy could have made any such suggestions to the government before his official appointment.
The CLP also decided in negative to the request of the Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly, Mr Rajendra Arlekar as regards nominating a member of the opposition benches for being part of the government delegation, which would be leaving for Switzerland to attend a craft festival. The CLP felt that it was wrong to send any of its members on a foreign jaunt, when the people of Goa, especially the mining-dependent people, are facing serious problems.[NT]