Bhubaneswar, Jan 25:
Demanding a public debate on the official draft of the Odisha Lokayukta Bill, members of the civil society under the banner of the Odisha Lokayukta Abhijan (OLA) have decided to stage an indefinite dharna from February 3.
In a meeting here on Friday, the members said before the Bill is tabled and passed in the forthcoming Assembly session, the state government should take into consideration the views of the people on the various clauses and provisions in the draft Bill.
The OLA wants the Bill to be in line with the Central Lokpal Act.
It also wants the State Vigilance department to come under the Lokayukta’s control and that the director of the department should be appointed by a three-member committee consisting of the Lokayukta, leader of Opposition and a High Court judge.
Besides, the OLA is also demanding the inclusion of all companies and organizations, which have received funds or land from the government, under the jurisdiction of the Lokayukta.
It may be mentioned that the OLA members on Monday had submitted a memorandum to chief minister Naveen Patnaik urging him to circulate the draft Odisha Lokayukta Bill for a public debate.