Kendrapara, Feb 16 (LocalWire) Odisha’s anti-corruption ombudsman Lokayukta will launch awareness campaigns in every district to sensitise people about the Lokayukta Act as corruption is not only a punishable offence but also undermines and indirectly violates human rights, its chairperson said on Sunday.
Lokayukta chairperson Justice Ajit Singh also urged the public to directly approach the Lokayukta with complaints of corruption against any public servant to eradicate corruption from the society.
Addressing the media at Kendrapara during an awareness meeting, he said, “We are encouraging the public to raise their voices against corrupt public servants and NGOs”.
Singh further said, “We are determined to take action against all public servants including even the Chief Minister, MPs, MLAs and other public representatives in case a complaint is registered against one of them.
“Corruption leads to a systematic economic crime and we need to curb it.” he pointed out.
During the year 2019, Lokayukta received 1418 complaints against corruption out of which 166 cases have been disposed.
29 cases of erstwhile Lokpals are pending for disposal and 1223 cases involving personal grievances have been transferred to the government under Section- 60 (3) of the Odisha Lokayukta Act.
“In 2020, we registered 272 cases out of which 56 have been disposed as of now”, added Justice Singh.
The Odisha Lokayukta Act came into effect from July 7, 2018, and the body of the Lokayukta was established on February 28, 2019, to enquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries.
Justice Singh joined the office as the first Chairperson of the Lokayukta Odisha on March 20, 2019.
Edited by Meenal Singh