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Lokayukta directs Meghalaya Govt staff to declare assets
 TURA, Nov 12 - Following a case filed before the Lokayukta in Meghalaya, all public servants have been asked to file returns of their assets and liabilities, along with those of their spouses and dependants.

The order came after an activist, SK Lyngdoh, filed a case before the Lokayukta seeking details on the subject. Lyngdoh’s application was considered on the basis of the fact that no such database existed for Meghalaya.

“The application is considered taking into account the purpose sought to be achieved by the Meghalaya Lokayukta Act, 2014, which is mainly to inquire into allegations of corruption against certain public functionaries and matters concerned therewith and incidental thereto’” said a release by the Lokayukta chairperson, PK Musahary.

In this regard, detailed provisions have been made and incorporated into Chapter XIII of the Act.

“Every public servant as defined under Section 2 (i) (N)is mandated to make a declaration of his assets and liabilities along with their spouse and dependent children to the competent authority as defined under Section 2 (i) (D) within 30 days from entering upon their office or if he is already holding office, ...upon 30 days of coming into force of the Act,” added the release.

The Meghalaya Lokayukta rued that so far there was nothing on record that the provisions under Chapter XIII of the Act were complied with despite the Act coming into force in 2014. The release further directed the Chief Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya to issue necessary and suitable directions to competent authorities, to obtain the returns of assets and liabilities from government servants working in Meghalaya, as was provided for in Chapter XIII of the Act.

The directions were issued on Monday.

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