Lokayukta to start functioning in Odisha from April 8

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government today submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that Lokayukta will take charge in the state on April 8.

The affidavit, submitted by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, also mentioned that the appointment of Lokayukta will be done by March 31.

“The State Government in its affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court has said that the entire process related to appointment of Lokayukta will be completed by April 8,” said Padhi.

The apex court, in its earlier hearing, had asked the Odisha Government to fix a date for appointment of Lokayukta in the state and directed the Chief Secretary to appear before it in this regard.

The State Government had in December, last year constituted a seven-member search committee to recommend names for the selection of Lokayukta.

Notably, Odisha became the first state to pass the Lokayukta Bill on February 14, 2014, after the Lokpal Bill was cleared by Parliament in December, 2013.

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