Shimla, Dec 11
Himachal Pradesh Government came up with a Legislation in the state assembly to amend Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Act, 2014 making provision to appoint High court Judge as Chairman and Member of Lokayukta. Bill was presented in the house by Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur after the question hour making provision to appoint judge of High court judge as the Lokayukta.
He said that under present provisions of section 3 of HP Lokayukta Act 2014 it is necessary for a person to be a Judge of the Supreme Court or a Chief Justice of a High Court to be eligible for appointment to the post of Lokayukta.
” Presently it has become impossible to fill up the post of Lokayukta, because as per the existing provisions only very few persons fulfill the eligibility criteria. ” said Thakur. With the proposed provision, more options would be available to fill up the said post, he added .
Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Act, 2014 was enacted to appoint a Lokayukta for the State of Himachal Pradesh to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and for matters connected therewith.