Dehradun: Even though the BJP is supporting Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Bill movement in the name of fighting corruption, in Uttarakhand, where the party is in power, the office of Lokayukta is nothing but a showpiece.

The impotency of the anti-graft ombudsman can be gauged from the fact that unlike Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, the office of Chief Ministers does not come under the ambit of Lokayukta in Uttarakhand.

Ironically, the BJP is pitching for inclusion of the Prime Minister under the ambit of Lokpal.

If that was not enough, the recommendations of action against the 232 officials by the state Lokayukta could not see the light of the day. At least 22 cases were registered within the last two years, which highlighted serious scams.

In a classic example of the how the Ombudsman has been rendered into a toothless body, after 2006 the action reports over the recommendations have not even been presented in the state Assembly.

No action could be taken upon in several scams due to the approach of the state government over the recommendations of the Lokayukta.

Action on cases like Varuravat Treatment which gulped in Rs nine crore, Sidcul Haridwar, Pantnagar phase-II and IT Park are still awaited.

In Haridwar, even after the lodging an FIR by the Sidcul and the Lokayukta making several recommendations, the culprits are yet to get the due punishment.

(JPN/ Bureau)