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One day state level awareness programme held

by Jeet Akoijam
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Imphal, Dec.21

 A One-Day State Level Awareness Programme was held today at the Auditorium of the High Court of Manipur with Law & Legislative Affairs Minister, L. Jayantakumar as the Chief Guest.
L. Jayantakumar said that the present two and Half years old Government, amidst so many crisis, has now introduced the long awaited “LOKAYUKTA”, an anti-corruption Ombudsman organization. Lokayukta or Ombudsman  is a public Officer/Institution whose function is to investigate the grievances raised by the Citizens regarding mal-administration of the Government authorities.
Through this institution the Citizens have the legitimate power to lodge complaint against the concerned authority if there are gross lapses in the functioning of the public administration, i.e. this Institution can be empowered to investigate the cases of corruption in any form not only against the Government Officials but also against the judges and the Ministers irrespective of their ranks & file. the Minister added.
Jayantakumar said that Ombudsman is something like a tool or device to make Democracy more meaningful and free from any stigma. Usually, we find that ordinary people are the victim of the negligence of public administration or wrong policy of the Government or corruption of the Government officials and the selected members of the Assembly running the Government. To maintain the true spirit of Democracy, there ought to be an Institution whose main function shall be to oversee whether proper policies are adopted and more important whether the adopted policies are properly executed, he added.
Ombudsman protects individuals from the injustice done to them by any of the three organs of the Government-Legislative, Executive and Judiciary. We should maintain & we should not forget that No one is above Law, Minister said.
Minister Jayantakumar said that Corruption, as everybody knows, creates a sense of bitter feeling to everybody that keeps them at a distance from the decision makers. And this distance makes them feel abandoned or even rejected and they eventually lost interest in public matters. It is a hard blow to the spirit of democracy and Ombudsman is a solution to these grievances.
The commissioning of Lokyukta under “ The Lokpal Lokyukta Act, 2013” in our Manipur State is one of the greatest achievements of the present Government & I do believe, with the functioning of this Lokyukta the real meaning of the Democracy will be materialized to the fullest extent, he added.
The function was also attended by Hon’ble Justive, T. Nandakumar Singh, Chairman, Lokayukta Manipur as the President.
Hon’ble Justice Kh. Nobin Singh, Judge, High Court of Manipur, Shri Ameising Luikham, IAS (Retd.), Member, Lokayukta Manipur and Mr Justice B.D. Agarwal, Member Lokayukta Manipur also attended the function as Guests of Honour.

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