In 15 years, 1% government cases sent for action

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 14 Desember 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: In the last 15 years, the Maharashtra Lokayukta recommended action in 2,000-odd cases or 1% of the complaints filed. It found that only five ministers had done some wrong. The ministers who got a rap from the Lokayukta included Chhagan Bhujbal, Kripashankar Singh and Nawab Malik from the earlier Congress-led regime, all for complaints filed in the early part of the last decade. This has been revealed in information received under Right to Information (RTI) Act. The cases against ministers did not pertain to any scam.

Data released recently by the government in response to a query filed by RTI activist Anil Galgali for cases filed and disposed since 2000 by the state Lokayukta and deputy Lokayukta showed that of over 2 lakh cases received, 2,034—or only 1% cases—were sent to the government with recommendation that action be taken.

The disposal rate was 65%. "Apart from a poor 1% recommended for action, the governor was submitted with a special report in only 600 cases due to inaction of the government even in those 2,034 cases," said Galgali, referring to the RTI reply.

The RTI reply, a copy of which is with TOI, showed that complaints specifically against ministers were only 127 in the last 15 years. Of these the Lokayukta found "substance" only in four cases—a mere 3%.

The maximum number of complaints against ministers—a separate category recognized by the Lokayukta—was in 2003 with 28 complaints and the second highest in 2004 with 16 complaints. In a 2001 complaint against former minister for water supply Sulekha Kumbhare, the Lokayukta warned that she and all ministers ought not to misuse their position and letterheads for private work.

In the case of Bhujbal, then deputy CM, the allegation was that he had taken someone back on the job without assigning reasons. The Lokayukta, in a 2003 order, said, "He and all ministers should be told that reasons ought to be given when passing certain orders."

In 2003, the Lokayukta said the then minister for housing, Sayyed Ahmed, "should be warned not to give mere oral directions, but pass written orders on files" and "Kripashankar Singh, minister of state for home, should be warned that under the pretext of the guardian minister, he should not interfere with working of officers of other departments."

The Lokayukta had closed each of the ministers' cases after the government informed it that necessary instructions were issued.

The RTI reply stated that till October 2014, of the 2.06 lakh cases, 1.34 lakh were disposed of by the Lokayukta.

Galgali has now written to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and sought "due action in all 2,034 cases referred by the Lokayukta".

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