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Assembly passes Goa Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2021

Panjim: Goa Assembly has passed Goa Lokayukta (amendment) bill, 2021, amidst criticism by the opposition that the bill seeks to dilute powers of the ombudsman.

According to the bill a person to be appointed as the Lokayukta shall be a person who has held the office of a Judge of the Supreme Court, or of a Judge of the High Court. A person to be appointed as the Upa-Lokayukta shall be a person of eminence in public life with impeccable integrity and outstanding ability having special knowledge and expertise of not less than twenty years in the matters relating to anti-corruption policy or public administration, finance, including insurance and banking or law or management.

The bill was introduced by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday.

However, the opposition opposed the bill claiming that it was aimed at diluting powers of Lokayukta, an anti-corruption ombudsman body. The opposition demanded that the bill be sent to select committee but the Chief Minister refused to send so.

The Chief Minister said the bill was brought after giving a thorough thought to it. He said it was difficult to get a retired Supreme Court judge for the post of Lokayukta.

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