TN Assembly unanimously passes Lokayukta Bill

TN Assembly unanimously passes Lokayukta Bill

On the last day of the Tamil Nadu Assembly session today, the State government tabled the Lokayukta Bill, which was passed unanimously.

The Bill was proposed by Fisheries and Personnel and Administrative Reforms Minister D Jayakumar. The Bill was tabled just a day before the July 10 deadline to submit a compliance report to the Supreme Court on establishing an anti-graft ombudsman.

The bill, after being adopted, would pave the way for creation of the body that would look into graft charges against government servants.

The jurisdiction of the Lokayukta would cover serving and former ministers, sitting or ex-MLAs and state government employees.

Tamil Nadu is one of the 12 states pulled up by the Supreme Court in a case filed by BJP Leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay on lack of progress in setting up the Lokayukta.

In April this year, the court rejected the state’s response for not having moved ahead with the bill, directing it to set up the Lokayukta before July 10.

In the Statement of Objects and Reasons, Jayakumar said the Centre had earlier enacted the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 and it “provides” that every state has to establish the Lokayukta.

“Accordingly, the government has decided to establish the Lokayukta for the state of Tamil Nadu to inquire into allegations of corruption against public servants,” he added.