A memorandum has been submitted to the governor Ram Naresh Yadav, urging him to ensure that the state government adopts fair and transparent process for the appointments of lokayukta and up-lokayukta (deputy) in the state.
The post of the up-lokayukta is vacant since February 1 this year while the tenure of the lokayukta PP Naolekar would be over in June next year. The state government however, last month, passed an amendment to the Lokayukta Act 1981 making it possible for the lokayukta to hold office for an additional one year (after completion of tenure) till the time a new appointment on the post is made and the incumbent takes office.
In this context, social activist and member of NGO Transparency International, Ajay Dubey has written to the governor, urging him to ensure that the state government comes out with an advertisement to fill up the constitutionally important posts and capable and eligible people with clean track records get selected.
Dubey has in his letter to governor, pointed out that recently the union government came out with open advertisement to fill up the posts of Lokpal and other members in the institution as also for the appointments in the Central Information Commission. He said that even in MP, due to directive of the HC, appointments to the State Information Commission were made through open advertisement.
The activist has said in his letter that government has been urged time and again to fill up the vacant post of deputy lokayukta, but to no avail and now there are rumours that a former DGP might be appointed to the post.