The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday demanded immediate appointment of a Lokayukta.
Speaking to media persons in Dehradun, AAP leader Anoop Nautiyal alleged that the state government had removed the mandatory provisions from the Act for appointing a Lokayukta to shield corrupt officials.
He said the state government was not keen on keeping the Lokayukta office functional as it would unearth many cases of corruption.
“Chief minister Harish Rawat knew that had Lokayukta office been functional, it would have uncovered several skeletons from the state government’s cupboard. So, they decided to strike out the mandatory provisions from the Uttarakhand Lokayukta Act, 2013.”
He further said, “However, after what happened in Uttar Pradesh, the Uttarakhand government has been forced to think of appointing a Lokayukta without an office of its own.”
Nautiyal further said the Congress-led state government also failed to fill in the post of chief information commissioner (CIC) which was lying vacant for over seven months.
“The government has said only a retired IAS officer or chief secretary-level officer can be appointed as CIC. Why can’t they promote someone who is working as information commissioner?” Nautiyal said.