Uttarakhand Governor gives assent to Lokayukta

Dehra Dun: Just two days after it was passed in the state assembly, Governor Margaret Alva on Thursday gave her assent to the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Bill, 2011.

The bill was passed by the state assembly unanimously on Tuesday night following a marathon discussion. The Bill was signed by the Governor in the presence of Chief Minister B C Khanduri who was present when the assent was given, a Raj Bhavan spokeswoman said.

Alva also asked Khanduri to implement the Act in the same spirit in which it was brought in the state. "I am happy that such a wonderful bill was passed in Uttarakhand. I am very happy that Uttarakhand has become the first state to bring such a strong law to fight corruption", Alva told Khanduri. Team Anna has welcomed the Bill saying it is "in toto" with its Jan Lokpal Bill.