SHILLONG, Sept 24: Meghalaya Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma today said that his government was committed set up the Lokayukta which will look into cases of corruption which according to him is like a disease and needs to be rooted out from the State.
Sangma was replying to a zero hour notice brought by HSPDP legislator from Nongkrem, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit on the delay in constituting the Lokayukta.
“We will not shy away from our commitment. This act is capable of fulfilling our commitment to root out corruption which is like a chronic disease and needs to be cured,” the Chief Minister said.
Defending the delay in calling for a meeting of the selection committee, which is essential in the process of finding the chairperson and three other members who will form the anti-corruption ombudsman, Sangma said, “The selection committee was expected to sit last year but because of certain exigencies it had to be deferred.”
The Chief Minister assured that he would soon convene a meeting of the selection committee to constitute the search committee to recommend the mes for appointment as Lokayukta and members of the Lokayukta.
Earlier, initiating a discussion on the zero hour notice, Basaiawmoit said that there have been many cases of corruption unearthed through RTI but the conviction rate is nil.