Opposition slams Odisha government over Lokayukta, Lokpal

Bhubaneswar:  Leader of Opposition Narasingha  Mishra today lashed out at the Odisha government in the Assembly over constitution of Lokayukta and Lokpal.

Mishra alleged that the state government lied to the Supreme Court about a notification on Lokayukta published on January 16, 2015.

“If a notification has been issued on January 16, 2015 to implement Odisha Lokayukta Act, then the Chief Minister should present the Odisha Gazette notification before the house mentioning the Act number and year. In 2013 there were 5 convictions and this year the state government didn’t provide any data,” said Mishra.

During the demand for grants discussion of the Home & General Administration department, Mishra also raised issues like illegal mining, chit fund scam, corruption, rising incidents of rape of minor girls and collection of percentage or PC from contractors on government tenders.

The opposition also raised questions on a white paper tabled by the government in the Assembly.

BJP MLA, Rabi Nayak said “Home Department has been protecting the state government by manipulating the statistics.”

Responding to the issues raised by the opposition, government chief whip Amar Satapathy, said “Everything will be discussed in detail in the Assembly. When other members will participate, we will also participate as treasury members. Some issues like rate of conviction were raised to which replies were given based on available authentic data.”

 

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