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Govt tables new Lokayukta Bill in assembly

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19 Feb, 2014 10:38p.m.

The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday tabled a "much stronger" Lokayukta Bill in the Vidhan Sabha, based on the Centre's Lokpal Bill. The bill focuses on making the Lokayukta system more effective, besides making the ombudsman a multi-member body with an independent inquiry wing.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh introduced the bill in the absence of opposition members, who continued to boycott the house. The bill covers all public servants, including the chief minister, posted within and outside the state.

"It is expedient to re-enact the Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Act, 2014, by repealing the existing Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Bill, 1983," said the CM. HP was the second state in the country to have a Lokayukta.

Discussion on the bill will be held on Thursday.

Read full article @ Hindustan Times




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