DIMAPUR, Sept 19 - Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland, an anti-corruption group, has demanded that the Nagaland Government implement the Nagaland Lokayukta Act, 2017 at the earliest.
In a memorandum to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday, ACAUT chairman Tia Longchar, co-chairman Simon Kelio and secretary Hetoi Chishi said the Lokayukta would go a long way in curbing corruption, bringing about transparency in the system, making administrative machinery citizen-friendly and establishing the rule of law.
The memorandum referred to the CM�s public statements bringing transparency and accountability in governance. The anti-graft group hoped his government would not miss the opportunity of implementing the Nagaland Lokayukta Act, 2017 at the earliest.
The ACAUT pointed out that no Lokayukta has been appointed by the Rio Government even though the government had in April this year filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court stating that the process for appointment of Lokayukta was on. The apex court had on July 10 granted three months to some States, including Nagaland, who have not appointed Lokayuktas, to appoint them by October 10.
The ACAUT wanted that the government should not wait for the Supreme Court deadline but appoint the Lokayukta at the earliest. Nagaland Governor PB Acharya gave assent to the Nagaland Lokayukta Act, 2017 on December 21 last year.