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Nitish Kumar lauds Bihar Lokayukta Bill


December 8, 2011 - Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has lauded the State Ombudsman Bill to be one of the strongest in the country as the functioning of the Lokayukta had been kept independent of the executive.

Showing zero tolerance towards graft, Bihar Government on Wednesday passed a strong and effective Ombudsman Bill in the state assembly by voice vote.

Talking to mediapersons here, Kumar said: "This is a strong ombudsman, which has been ensured and the executive has been kept aside from the entire process of formation and working of the Lokayukta. So, the selection committee can independently form a search committee and elect the Lokayukta."

Kumar further said that in order to curb graft in the state, the chief minister, ministers and officials down to the lowest grade had been brought under the purview of the ombudsman.

"Ranging from the chief minister to the head of the village council and officers of all class and grades will come under the ambit of the Lokayukta. There will be a dedicated investigative agency of the Lokayukta which will be formed by the selection committee," he added.

Kumar further said that all the information regarding the Lokayukta would be put on the website and a dedicated investigative agency would keep a hawk's eye on the functioning of the provincial ombudsman.

Kumar also said that the information of the whistleblowers would be kept as a close guarded secret.

"We have also taken care of the security of the whistleblowers. If he or she wants his name to be kept as a secret then the Lokayukta will have to do so," he added.

ANI

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