Rajasthan: Panch and Sarpanch will come under the scrutiny of Lokayukta

Jaipur. The Rajasthan government is preparing to give corruption free and clean administration to the general public. Now the state Lokayukta is preparing to crack down on Panch and Sarpanch as well. Apart from officers/employees, now Sarpanch-Panch will also be able to come under the ambit of Lokayukta. State Lokayukta has prepared a proposal for this. The proposal will soon be sent for the approval of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. If the proposal of Lokayukta is implemented, according to the website of Rural Panchayati Raj Department, 11320 sarpanch and 1 lakh 7 thousand 707 wards will come under the JD of Panch Lokayukta. Till now Panch-Sarpanch and employees/officers of cooperative institutions do not come under the scrutiny of Lokayukta.

In fact, in the Lokayukta Act of 1973, Sarpanches and Panchs were kept out of the purview of investigation. But the new Lokayukta of the state PK Lohra wants to bring sarpanches and panches under the scanner. There is a provision in the central law related to Lokayukta to give powers to Lokayukta to investigate allegations against corrupt government officials and ministers. A complaint can be made against the minister to the IAS officer in the Lokayukta. But complaints cannot be made against sarpanches. Lokayukta now wants to change this. Lokayukta can investigate and disclose if there is a complaint against the minister to the IAS. The Lokayukta institution reserves the right to investigate the misuse of its official position by public servants.

The Lokayukta can investigate complaints from state ministers to IAS officers. Secretaries of departments, heads of departments, public servants are also under its scanner. Complaints can also be lodged with the Lokayukta to the heads and deputy heads of the Zilla Parishads, the heads and the deputy heads of the Panchayat Samitis, the Mayor of the Municipal Corporation, the Deputy Mayor, the Chairman of the Municipal Council and the Municipality. There is also a provision for investigation of complaints against the presidents and vice presidents of city development trusts, presidents, officers and employees of state companies and corporations or divisions. The Chief Minister, Accountant General, RPSC President and members, Sarpanch-Panch, officers-employees of the Vidhan Sabha Secretariat, retired public servants and judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts are included in this.

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