IBCK organizes interactive session on Lokayukta

Kohima, May 23 (MExN): The Immanuel Baptist Church Kohima (IBCK) conducted an interactive session on ‘Lokayukta’ on May 21.

Advocate Kezhokhoto Savi President Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) & Assistant Professor Kohima Law College presented a special talk on the function of ‘Lokayukta’ in Nagaland and how it would benefit the citizens.

In a press release from Press & Media Cell, NVCO, Savi said that section 63 of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013 makes provision for establishments of Lokayukta for the states to inquire into allegation of corruption against certain public functionaries.

The Lokpal Act, which envisages appointment of a Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayukta in states to look into cases of corruption against certain categories of public servants, added Savi.

Similarly on February 2, Savi stated that Nagaland State Governor appointed Justice Uma Nath Singh retired chief justice of Meghalaya High Court as the Lokayukta for the state, paving the way forward for eventual implementation of the Nagaland Lokayukta Act, 2017 and now Lokayukta is functioning in the office building of Vigilance Commission, Nagaland.

Section 3 of the Act provides appointment of Upa-Lokayukta where clause (3) says that the Upa-Lokayukta shall be appointed after consultation with the Lokayukta, the release added.

Earlier, President of NVCO Kezhokhoto Savi asked the State Government to allow Lokayukta to work independently without lack of prosecution powers and also to provide sufficient manpower with proper facilities so as to enable Lokayukta to work in Nagaland as the most effective and powerful statutory body that is empowered to probe complaints of abuse of position and corruption against public servants.

The offices including the state chief minister office comes under the ambit of Lokayukta.

In the past, similar CAG reports were placed before State legislative Assembly and the Accounts Committee consisted of legislators to ake up matters but with no results. Rather, it “simply get closed which was very unfortunate,” added the release.

“The Nagaland and Revenue Regulation (Amendment) Act, 1978 clearly stated that the entire surface of the earth’s crust within the territory of Nagaland are to be owned by the Naga Indigenous and not by the Non-Indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland,” stated the release.

The interactive session was chaired by Petevilie and benediction was pronounced by Nise, Senior Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church Kohima.