Tripura passes bill to curb corruption

November 24th, 2008 - 6:37 pm ICT by IANS  

Pratibha PatilAgartala, Nov 24 (IANS) The Left Front government in Tripura Monday passed a bill in the state assembly to check corruption and maintain transparency among the elected representatives and public functionaries.The assembly passed the Lokayukta (State Vigilance) Bill unanimously.

“Under the bill, the Lokayukta will have the power to enquire and investigate charges of corrupt practices against public functionaries and recommend suitable action if found guilty,” said Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar.

The elected representatives and public functionaries include chief minister, ministers, member of state assembly and elected representatives of local government bodies.

“The bill enables the citizens to make complaints to the Lokayukta against any public functionaries for corrupt practices,” Sarkar told the house.

According to the bill, a sitting or retired judge of a high court will be appointed by the governor in consultation with the chief minister, the speaker, and leader of opposition to head the Lokayukta.

According to the bill, if anybody makes any false complaint against public functionaries, he would be punished with imprisonment for a maximum term of one year and a fine of Rs.5,000.

The bill will now be sent to President Pratibha Patil for her assent.

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