Meghalaya CM to convene all party meet to discuss Lokayukta

 Under pressure to repeal the weak Lokayukta Act in the state, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said he is convening an all-party meet to discuss demands put forth by anti-graft activists.

"I would be convening an all party parliamentary meeting soon where we would go through the draft Lokayukta Bill prepared by anti-graft activists," Sangma was quoted by leading women NGO leader Agnes Kharshiing as stating.

Anti-graft activists spearheaded by the Meghalaya Right to Information Movement (MRTIM) and other influential NGOs in the state met the Chief Minister in this regard.

They demanded the introduction of a new Meghalaya Lokayukta Bill and to quash the old Act which they said was "toothless".

Meghalaya enacted a Meghalaya Lokayukta & Up-lokayukta Act in 2002 and made rules for it in 2007.

Thousands participated at a state-wide 'signature campaign' organized by the Federation of Khasi–Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) as a mark of protest against the recent 'job scam' unearthed by the CBI, naming top notch politicians including several cabinet ministers.

While asking the tainted legislators to step down, FKJGP president Joe Marwein said the High Level Scrutiny Committee constituted by government should speed up the process of reviewing the matter and ensure that the deserving candidates are not deprived of their rights.

The CBI had named five cabinet ministers, the Assembly Speaker and six legislators in the Congress-led coalition government besides other politicians for tampering with the score-sheets of the candidates applying for the post of assistant teachers in 2010.

A local court has asked the police to register a case against those involved in the scam after anti-graft activists lodged FIRs in this regard.