New Lokayukta Bill Passed in Uttarakhand Assembly

Uttarakhand assembly on Tuesday passed a new Lokayukta Bill modelled on the Centre’s Lokpal even as opposition BJP walked out of the House. The new bill replaces Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act passed by the state assembly during the previous BJP government headed by Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri.

The state government said that the new Lokayukta Bill Passed was drafted on the lines of the Lokpal Bill passed by Lok Sabha in December last year.         New Lokayukta Bill

According to the Bill, the Lokayukta will be created in the state and headed by a practicing or retired judge or Chief Justice of the High Court. The head of the Lokayukta and its members will be appointed by a five-member selection committee headed by the Chief Minister.

Earlier in the day the House saw rowdy scenes as Om Gopal of the ruling alliance partner Uttarakhand Kranti Dal pounced upon suspended BSP member Quazi Nizamuddin and tore the piece of paper he was waving seeking tabling of the Madan Kaushik Committee Report and simplification of caste certificate issuing rules. Mr Nizamuddin joined the Congress recently.

Besides the head, there will be four members on the panel out of which 50 per cent will be from the judiciary and 50 per cent from SC/ST/OBC, minorities or women. As per provisions of the legislation, no member of a legislature of any other state or Union territory can be a member of the Lokayukta body.

The head of the Lokayukta and its members will be appointed by a five-member selection committee headed by the Chief Minister. The bill had been tabled in the House on Monday by Parliamentary Affairs minister Indira Hridayesh.

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