Odisha Lokayukta Soon

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is understood to have approved implementing the Lokayukta Act in State.

Official sources said that the State Government has also come up with a proposal for formation of a Search Committee for the appointment of the Lokayukta.

The move follows the directive of the Supreme Court to the Chief Secretary to submit a Status Report before July 10.

Sources said, the Chief Minister had asked the Departments concerned to complete the process for appointment of Lokayukta at the earliest.
Notably, Odisha had become the first state in the country to pass the Odisha Lokayukta Bill in the State Legislative Assembly on February 14, 2014, after the passage of the Lokpal Bill in Parliament in December 2013.
However, no gazette notification was made in this regard during the past three years.
According to the provision of the Odisha Lokayukta Act, a three-Member Committee will be formed under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister with the Assembly Speaker and Leader of the Opposition as Members.
The Committee will recommend the name of the other Members of the Committee, who will be appointed by the Governor.
A Selection Committee comprising these four members with the Chief Minister as its Chairman will be formed in which the Principal Secretary, General Administration, will be the Secretary of the Committee.
This Committee will select the Chairperson and the Members of the Lokayukta Mandal.
The Selection Committee will form a five-member search committee. The term of the committee will be of two years while its members will conferred with facilities of an officer in the rank of the secretary.
For the post of Lokayukta Chairperson, the Committee will select five persons while for the appointment of five Members, it will select 15 persons and recommend their name to the selection committee.
The Selection Committee will later select a 6-Memeber Lokayukta Mandal including the Lokayukta Chairperson.
The Odisha Lokayukta Act has kept the Chief Minister, former Chief Ministers, Members of the Council of Ministers, elected Peoples’ Representatives and Bureaucrats within the ambit of the powers of the Lokayukta.
Due to inordinate delay in the appointment of Lokayukta, the Supreme Court on April 19,  directed it to State Government to submit a Status Report by July 10.

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