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RTI Activist demands Goa Lokayukta declare his assets

Adv. Aires Rodrigues has today demanded that Justice B. Sudershan Reddy should declare his assets and liabilities as on March 16th this year which is the day he was sworn in as the Lokayukta of Goa.

Adv. Rodrigues has expressed surprise that despite almost three months, details of the assets of the Goa Lokayukta have not yet been made public and that even the official website of the Goa Lokayukta is yet to be set up.

Adv. Rodrigues has further stated that all the officials who are working and would be working within the Lokayukta should also make public the complete details of their assets and liabilities as on the date of joining the Lokayukta.

Calling upon the Lokayukta to lead by example and disclose his assets regardless of whether any specific law requires him to do so, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that if the Lokayukta can ask assets and liabilities of all public officials  there was nothing wrong in making public his own assets and liabilities.

Adv. Rodrigues has expressed confidence that the Lokayukta could act with genuine moral authority against erring public officials only when he himself upholds a very high degree of transparency and candidness.  

Stating that this would be good for Goa and for the very high office of Lokayukta, Adv. Rodrigues has stated that it was a matter of principle in public policy that one who is heading an institution like Lokayukta should display absolute transparency and openness.

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