[The Asian Age 12-7-2002, Page-9]
We'll act on Lokayukta moves after reports, says Krishna

Bangalore, July11: Six cases have been registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 following raids by the Lokayukta onnine government departments, chief minister S.M. Krishna said in the Legislative Council on Thursday. None of the officials involved in the cases have been dismissed so far, he added. The chief ministerwas replying to a question by Janata Dal MLC Basavaraj Bommaiduring question hour. Mr. Bommai wanted to know whether the state was depending only on the Lokayukta to stop corruption. "Wherever corruption has come to our notice, we have taken departmental action," Mr. Krishna said, adding the state government was committed to stopping corruption in administration. "We will take punitive action in the cases brought to light bythe Lokayukta, after we receive prima facie reports," he said.

       Listing the measures taken by the government to curb corruption, Mr. Krishna said authorities have beenidentified in each department to initiate disciplinary proceedings for any act of misconcut including corruption. "In addition, the Karnataka Right to Information Act 2000 and the Karnataka Transparency in Public Procurement Act 2000 have been enacted," he said. A high-level anticorruption committee has also been constituted under the chief minister to examine and suggest steps to make anti-corruption measure more effective. To another question by Dr. V.S. Acharya, the chief minister said the Lokayukta had, after conducting raids, commenced investigations against some officers of the commercial tax department, BCC, APMCs, offices of sub registrars, Balbhavan, Cubbon Park, engineering division of Chitradurga Zilla Panchayat and some city municipal councils. These cases are still under investigation and action will be taken after the Lokayukta submits reports in this regard Replying to another question by BJP MLC Dr. M.R. Tanga, Mr. Krishna said the state had set up 13 commissions, 12 task forces and 4 committees. Asked why only four reports had beensubmitted sofar, he said some of the inquiries like the one on the Vittelanahalli police firing were time-consuming.

      The administrative reforms commission had made weighty recommendations which had to be implemented over a period of time, he said. "Chief ministers of ofther states have appreciated the Karnataka government for setting up such commissions and task forces. These are steps towards better governance," he said.