The Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) headed by Morarji Desai submitted a special interim report on "Problems of Redressal of Citizen's Grievances" in 1966. In this report, the ARC recommended the setting up of two special authorities designated as 'Lokpal' and 'Lokayukta' for the redressal of citizens' grievances.
The LokAyukta, along with the Income Tax Department and the Anti Corruption Bureau, mainly helps people bring corruption amongst the politicians and officers in the government service to public attention. Many acts of the LokAyukta have not resulted in criminal or other consequences for those charged.
Maharashtra was the first state to introduce the institution of Lokayukta through The Maharashtra Lokayukta and Upa-Lokayuktas Act in 1971. This was followed by similar acts being enacted by states of Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi.
Maharashtra Lokayukta is considered as weak due to lack of powers, adequate staff, funds and no independent investigating agency. Karnataka Lokayukta is considered as the most powerful Lokayukta in the country.
Constitutional Amendment for Effectiveness
An amendment to the Constitution has been proposed to implement the Lokayukta uniformly across Indian states. The proposed changes will make the institution of Lokayukta uniform across the country as a three-member body, headed by a retired Supreme Court judge or high court chief justice and comprising the state vigilance commissioner and a jurist or an eminent administrator as other members.
Lokayukta/Lokpal/Lokaayog Acts in Indian States
- Lokayukta, Andhra Pradesh
- Lokayukta, Assam
- Lokayukta, Bihar
- Lok Aayog Adhyadesh(ordinance), Chattisgarh
- Lokayukta, Delhi
- Lokayukt, Goa
- Lokayukta, Gujarat
- Lokayukta, Haryana
- Lokayukta, Himachal Pradesh
- Lokayukta, Jharkhand
- Lokayukta, Karnataka
- Lokayukta, Kerala
- Lokayukta, Madhya Pradesh
- Lokayukta, Maharashtra
- Lokpal, Orissa
- Lokpal, Punjab
- Lokayukta, Rajasthan
- Lokayukta, Uttarakhand - adopted from Uttar Pradesh
- Lokayukta, Uttar Pradesh
Role of the Lokayukta in Combating Corruption and Bad Administration
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- Make Lokayukta the nodal agency for receiving all corruption complaints.
- Accord Lokayukta jurisdiction over State-level probe agencies.
- Bring bureaucrats under the ambit of the Lokayuktas.
- Accord powers of search and seizure and powers to initiate contempt proceedings.
- Provide Lokayukta administrative and financial autonomy.
- Bring Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) funded by the government under Lokayukta's jurisdiction.
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