Maharashtra Governor, Bhagat Singh Koshyari has approved the appointment of retired Bombay high court judge Justice V M Kanade as the new Lokayukta of Maharashtra, on the advice of the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. Maharashtra was without a full-time Lokayukta for almost a year. The previous Lokayukta, (retd) Justice M L Tahaliyani had completed his tenure in August 2020.
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About the Lokayukta:
- The Lokayukta is an anti-corruption ombudsman. Citizens can make complaints of corruption against any government official or elected representative directly to the Lokayukta, who is tasked with speedy redressal.
- The Lokayukta acts like a watchdog and plays a key role in fighting against corruption and bringing transparency. It’s been almost a year since there is no Lokayukta and this shows that the government is not keen on encouraging transparency.
- The Lokayukta post is important to keep a check on the government and has become a recourse for the man between 2015 and 2020.