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Pyari urges President to expedite assent to Odisha Lokayukta Bill

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 1:

Odisha Jan Morcha (OJM) has urged President Pranab Mukherjee to take appropriate steps in the matter of the Lokayukta Bill of the Odisha government adopted by the state Assembly which is lying in his office for approval after fetching and scrutinizing all documents in the matter.

Pyarimohan Mohapatra, President, OJM
Pyarimohan Mohapatra, President, OJM

OJM president and Rajya Sabha MP Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, in a letter addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, today said since the Lokayukta Bill passed by the Odisha Assembly is lying with his office for his assent, the Odisha government is using it as plea for its non-implementation.

With the Lokayukta Bill yet to come into effect in the absence of Presidential assent, the state government’s administrative failures and weaknesses are getting under the carpet, Mohapatra said. Once the Bill gets his assent and is implemented, the misdeeds of the government would come to the fore, he added.

The OJM leader alleged that the state government has never considered with seriousness nor has taken any action on the recommendations made by Lokpals in yesteryears based on complaints made by the public. He said due to the apathetic attitude of the Odisha government, no new Lokpal has been appointed since the end of the term of the last Lokpal.

Mohapatra alleged that in order to influence the voters, the state government got the new Lokayukta Bill passed by the Assembly in a hurried manner just before the elections and has maintained a stony silence on the matter ever since the elections were over.

On the contrary, the state government is taking a plea that the Bill is lying with the President for his approval as if it is the President who is to be blamed while making no efforts to hold discussions with the Union government to get the assent of the President on the Bill, alleged Mohapatra.