The former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge also pointed out that the Lokayukta's office has been understaffed, since its inception. (Agencies)
"Resultantly, the staff crunch is an impediment for discharge of Lokayukta institution's functions smoothly and expeditiously. This issue has been raised with the concerned
authority (government) time and again, but to no avail. I am constrained to observe that the scarcity of staff in Lokayukta organization has not been removed. Thus, inadequate and posting of staff even less than the sanctioned posts, is the biggest road block in quick discharge of the functions of Lokayukta organization given the quantum of cases and complaints," he lamented.
It was only on Monday that Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda referred the issue of some Congress MLAs and their relatives of demanding money in lieu of getting Change of Land Use done as alleged by the main opposition INLD, to the state Lokayukta.
In its report, the Lokayukta said that the present system of borrowing employees on deputation from other state government departments needs to be amended and the institution should be given free hand in this respect.
The Lokayukta has also pointed out that it has been generally observed that as and when any complaint is forwarded to government departments for inquiry or reply, action is not taken within the stipulated time.
The former Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge also pointed out that the Lokayukta's office has been understaffed, since its inception.