The state law department will send the Goa Lokayukta Bill 2011 to the governor for his assent next week for his ascent next week.
The Lokayukta Bill 2011 was passed by a voice vote in the recently held assembly session, with changes suggested by the central government.
The Speaker of the Goa legislative assembly, Pratapsingh Rane, signed the file pertaining to the bill on Friday after which the legislature secretariat sent it to the law department for scrutiny.
Law department sources said that under Article 200 of the Indian Constitution, the governor can take a call on whether to accord assent to the bill or refer it to the president for consideration. “If the governor reserves a bill for the president’s consideration, the enactment of the bill then depends on the assent or refusal by the president,” the sources in the law department.
“Once we receive the assent, the government will notify the bill,” a law department official said.
When the Lokayukta Bill 2003 was sent to Delhi, the departments of personnel and training and law and judiciary had raised queries. One such query was pertaining to the contempt of court powers that were vested in the Lokayukta Bill. Therefore, Section 19 of the Goa Lokayukta Bill, which vested it with contempt of court powers, attracted adverse observations from the two central departments. Another objection pertained to providing information under the Right to Information Act.
Based on these suggestions, the state government made the changes and passed the bill in the assembly earlier this month.