Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 14:
Odisha became the second state in the country after Uttarakhand to pass the Lokayukta Bill-2014 on the lines of the Lokpal Act passed by the Parliament. The state Assembly today passed the Bill unanimously after hours of debate on the clauses incorporated in the Bill.
According to the Odisha Lokayukta Act 2014, the Lokayukta will be a five-member body. It will be led by a judge or chief justice of the Odisha high court and will have two judicial members, including the chairperson.
Out of the three non judicial members, one will be reserved for scheduled categories and women. Appointment of such member will be on rotation basis. The Lokayukta can inquire or direct an inquiry into any corruption related matters in the state.
It is to be noted that the last session of the 14th Assembly was extended by a day when discussions on the Bill remained inconclusive on Thursday.
While the Lokpal bill passed by Parliament has given one year’s time to the states to pass their Lokayukta legislations, it has allowed the states to decide on the nature of the ombudsman they want to have.
Uttarakhand was the first state to adopt the provisions of the Lokpal Act with its state assembly passing the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill-2014 on January 22, this year.