Dimapur, April 16: The Administrative Training Institute (ATI) conducted an intensive study & training on April 12 at ATI Kohima as part of general topic on ‘Lokayukta’ for NCS (EAC) probationers 2019 batch with Advocate & social activist Kezhokhoto Savi as resource person.
Savi in his presentation stated that the Nagaland Lokayukta Act, 2017 has been enacted and implemented by appointing the former Chief Justice of Meghalaya Justice Uma Nath Singh as the Lokayukta for the state of Nagaland on February 2, 2019. The main objective of Lokayukta is to curb the menace of corruption within the State, he said, adding when any individual makes a complaint against public servant relating to corruption, mal-administration, favoritism, nepotism, etc, the Lokayukta looks into such matters and investigates and if they find the allegations are true, the public servant is punished.
Stating that Lokayukta is considered one of the most powerful institutes in the country, Savi however said as for Nagaland it depends so much on the provision provided by the Nagaland Lokayukta Act. “Looking at the Act the drafting was nice but some provisions are not good for the people as the demand of the people was to allow Lokayukta to act independently and effective as an independent body so as to prove the most powerful institute in the state,” he said. According to him, there are so many provisions which does (not) allow Lokayukta to act independently, and pointed out that matters related to investigation where the word ‘approval’ is bad as the requirement is ‘with the general or specific approval of a public functionaries” and secondly the prior/prosecution sanction to be granted by the appropriate authority.
As Lokayukta is solely to deal with corruption, Savi also explained what is corruption in the context of Nagaland? (Page News Service)