Udaipur : Terming ‘ corruption’ as the biggest obstacle in the nation’s progress, Lokayukta Justice (retd) S.S. Kothari urged the common to come ahead to file complaints against corrupt officers or corruption in government departments. Justice Kothari, who was on a day’s visit here on Monday received 37 complaints against public servants at an hearing held at the Collectorate. The complaints were registered and further forwarded for proper action.
Expressing concern over the rising cases of corruption, he said “ Corruption is increasing because individual interests are given priority over community wellbeing. But gradually there has been an increase in public awareness leading to lesser tolerance on corruption. Though Rajasthan stands on third position in exercising of the Lokayukta Act which was made in 1973, yet its proper and effective implementation is needed to de-root corruption”. Citing the reasons of ineffectiveness, Kothari said that even after four decades of its existence, no amendments have been made in the act so far and its scope also needs to be widened. Urging the members of the civil society and NGO’s Kothari said mass awareness among the people specially residing in the rural areas could bring about a positive change in the society. “ People should come ahead fearlessly to complain against wrong doings by the officers but at the same time, such complaints must not arise out of personal rivalry because we at the Lokayukta secretariat do not encourage applications based on mala fide intentions”.
Expressing content on the working of district administration, Kothari said “ If officers are fair and honest, they should be fearless as the Lokayukta office doed not keep files long pending, cases are disposed off quickly on our end”. Collector Ashutosh AT Pednekar, ADM city Chhogaram Devasi, UIT secretary Ramnivas Mehta and officials of various departments and representatives of NGO’s participated in the meeting.