Chief Minister Digambar Kamat admitted in the Legislative Assembly that nobody from the police force wants to join the Vigilance Department due to tremendous political pressure exerted on the officers there and further admitted that even he is pressurized to be lenient on officials being probed by the Vigilance Department.
Disclosing this during the discussion on demands for Vigilance Department, he further disclosed that MLAs even call him up to urge leniency to the erring officer being probed.
Clarifying on the Lokayukta Bill, the Chief Minister said the bill would be withdrawn during the current session as the Union Home Minister has advised to do so since it suffers from a legal infirmity. However, he assured that a new bill will be introduced, but refrained from committing himself on when the new bill would be introduced.
Earlier, several members had sought clarification on the Lokayukta bill with BJP MLA Francis D’Souza representing the Mapusa constituency pointing out that Goa sorely needed this bill which would pave way for constituting the anti-corruption watch dog in the State.
Congress MLA Dayanand Narvekar representing the Aldona constituency cited instances of brazen corruption and urged the government to immediately enact the bill so that action can be taken against corrupt officials.
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar opined that everybody coming within the ambit of governance including elected representatives, should come within the ambit of the Lokayukta.