Appoint Lokayukta in Goa: IAC

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 13, 2012 17:51 hrs

Panaji, Oct 13 (IANS) India Against Corruption (IAC) Saturday warned the Goa government against "feigning amnesia" on the appointment of a Lokayukta (ombudsman).

In a statement, IAC coordinator Valmiki Naik said the BJP in its election manifesto had promised a Lokayukta on the lines of that in Uttarakhand within 100 days of coming to power.

But the government had failed to live up to the promise, he said.

"The IAC has also expressly resolved that it will not allow the government to feign amnesia regarding its written pre-election assurance to appoint a Lokayukta by following the neutral selection process laid down in the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill," Naik said.

"The government and the government-appointed committee (set up to identify suitable candidates for the Lokayukta's post) should stop trying the patience of Goans weary of inaction against corruption. The IAC has observed that the appointment of Lokayukta has been delayed on one flimsy pretext or the other. This has created a suspicion in the minds of people that such delays could be deliberate," Naik said.

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