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Need Lokpal-type institution in J-K to check corruption

Srinagar: Expressing serious concern over corruption in Jammu and Kashmir, the state unit of CPI-M on Wednesday suggested to introduce a legislation for setting up a Lokpal-type institution in the state.

"There is a need for bold and decisive initiatives for the eradication of the corruption in the administration which has spread its tentacles from the top to the lowest levels," State Secretary of CPI-M, M Y Tarigami told a convention organised by `Kissan Tehreek` here.

He suggested legislation to establish a Lokpal-type institution, besides strengthening of the existing anti-corruption bodies like vigilance organisation and accountability commission.

Quick and exemplary action against corrupt elements would send a positive message across the administration and help in purging the bureaucracy from the menace of bribery, red tapism and malpractices, Tarigami said.

He also urged the government to implement the Panchayat Act after due amendments so that the people who have participated in the panchayat elections with great zeal do not get disillusioned.

"The democratisation of the Panchayat Act and real empowerment of panchayat bodies is a must for the overall development of the rural areas and uplift of the farmer community," he said.

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