Dimapur, May 22: Immanuel Baptist Church Kohima conducted an interactive session on Lokayukta on May 21 whereby Advocate Kezhokhoto Savi President Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation(NVCO) & Asst. Professor Kohima Law College presented a talk on the function of ‘Lokayukta’ in Nagaland and as to how it would be beneficial to the citizens.
Kezhokhoto Savi said that section 63 of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 makes provision for establishments of Lokayukta for the states to inquire into allegation of corruption against certain public functionaries.
Earlier the President of NVCO Kezhokhoto Savi asked the State Government to allow Lokayukta to work independently without lack of prosecution powers and also to provide sufficient manpower with proper facilities so as to enable Lokayukta to work in Nagaland as the most effective and powerful statutory body that is empowered to probe complaints of abuse of position and corruption against public servants. Savi said that ‘Social Justice’ is the need of the hour and he highlighted the Comptroller and Audit General (CAG) report which was placed before the 13 Nagaland Legislative Assembly includes 25 cases of mis-appropriation involving government money amounting to Rs.230.33 crores up to March 31, 2017 pertaining to 14 departments.
During the interactive session the congregation came with the issues of CAB, Article 371 A of the Constitution of India, ILP, issuing of Indigenous inhabitants Certificate to non-indigenous citizens/inhabitants and adoption of non-indigenous.
The congregation termed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016(CAB) as solely against the interests of the present and future generation of the Naga society.
Savi said that the state machineries has failed in many areas in protecting the rights of the Naga indigenous inhabitants under the provision of Article 371 A of Indian Constitution when one sees so much of lands are owned by the Non-Indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland and also failed to effectively enforced the BEFR 1873(ILR) as the non-Nagas and the IBIs has almost controlling the markets in Nagaland. (Page News Service)