Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) on Saturday said passing of the Lokayukta bill in assembly would fulfill the party's poll promise of making the state 'corruption free'.
Lauding the bill, state party spokesperson Sanjay Singh Chauhan said the Congress government has put in place a new effective Lokayukta system by giving more powers to the ombudsman to punish the corrupt.
"After the introduction of Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Bill, 2014, the Congress government has fulfilled its poll promise and made ombudsman stronger than the Lokayukta institutions of other states of the country," said Chauhan.
The provision to initiate contempt proceedings against any person was not even available in the Central Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2013, which shows our government's resolve to curb corruption in the state, he added.
He said that the new bill echoes the call of All India Congress Committee (AICC) chairperson Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi for adopting zero tolerance approach towards corruption.
"The new bill would empower the common man to file complaints with the Lokayukta in easier way and seek probe into corruption allegations even against chief minister, council of ministers and all other public servants and bureaucrats," said Chauhan, adding that Lokayukta jurisdiction would cover all categories of officials who had served with the state government.
Lokayukta would now have the powers to recommend transfer or suspension of any public servant facing allegations of corruption. Chauhan said it would bring in transparency and efficiency in the government functioning, which would ensure corruption-free governance to the people of the state.