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‘Form a citizen group to fight corruption’

Haryana Lokayukta justice (retd) Pritam Pal visited Gurgaon on Saturday to spread awareness about the Lokayukta Act. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: May 29, 2011 02:04 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi
Vimal Chander Joshi
Hindustan Times

Haryana Lokayukta justice (retd) Pritam Pal visited Gurgaon on Saturday to spread awareness about the Lokayukta Act.

At a meeting held in Mini Secretariat, Pal emphasised on the importance to form a small group of civil society members in the district who can file complaints against corrupt officers or politicians to the Lokaykuta or ombudsman.

“There should be small group of upright and honest people who don't have any ulterior motives against anyone. The complaints can be sent to me and we carry out investigation while maintaining complete confidentiality. Once the Lokayukta report is complete, it is sent to the governor and a copy is also uploaded on the Lokayukta website (,” said the retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge.

He also asserted that corruption should be rooted out and public servants should carry out their duties with utmost honesty and integrity.

“One should do to others what you expect to be done to yourself,” he said.

In a poignant mood, Pal narrated a story from his childhood. “Way back in the sixties, I wanted an attestation from a senior public authority for my scholarship form. I cycled to the house of the Haryana education minister. Unlike another politician who refused to sign on the pretext that he doesn't know me, she not only signed my documents but also patted my back. That was the beginning of my career,” she said.

“A rupee earned through honest means is far better than crores acquired through wrong means,” he said.

After the meeting, Pal was taken to the district court complex where he addressed lawyers.

He prompted members of the bar association to also form a group so that complaints filed against corrupt officers can be taken up vigorously.

“There was a time when lawyers used to play an important role in reforming the society. Now it doesn't happen anymore. The time has come when you should raise your voice apolitically and pick up important issues,” he said.

First Published: May 29, 2011 02:03 IST