Bhubaneswar, August 27 (LocalWire): Lokayukta, the premier anti-corruption body that began functioning in the state since February, is hamstrung by a backlog of vacancies of sanctioned posts.
As many as 109 sanctioned posts are lying vacant at the anti-corruption body. Only 28 posts of officers and staff have been filled up so far.
Santosh Mohanty, RTI activist from Mayurbhanj district, who had sought a reply on the vacancies, said Odisha Lokayukta is still ill-equipped to discharge its duties due to staff shortage.
He said, ‘The effective functioning of Lokayukta is being affected due to shortage of staff. Though 128 cases were filed at the Lokayukta till July, preliminary investigation of these cases could not be completed.’
Though Odisha was the first state in the country to pass the Lokayukta Bill in the state Assembly on 14 February 2014, there was considerable delay in making the body functional. Later, it was made functional after the apex court intervened.
The anti-corruption body constituted under Odisha Lokayukta Act to inquire into allegations of corruption against public servants is presently headed by Justice Ajit Singh while Justice Bijay Nayak, Dr RP Sharma and Debabrata Swain have been appointed as members of Lokayukta.