Aizawl: C Lalsawta, a retired civil servant, was sworn in as the first chairman of Mizoram’s Lokayukta on Monday. He was administered oath of office and secrecy by the newly appointed Mizoram governor Jagdish Mukhi in a swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.
The swearing-in ceremony, held at Durbal hall of Raj Bhavan, was attended by chief minister Zoramthanga, Assembly Speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, cabinet ministers, minister of states, MLAs and other top officials of the government.
Appointment of Lokayukta chairman was done after due consultations and fulfilment of judicious selection procedures, according to official release. The Mizoram Lokayukta Act was legislated by the Assembly in 2014 but its establishment was delayed as the 14th Finance Commission did not allocate funds for the purpose as sought by the then Congress led state government, according to former finance minister Lalsawta.
C Lalsawta (63) had been in government service for more than 40 years. Before he joined the IAS in 1981, he served as a member of the Indian Audit & Accounts Services for nearly two years. He reached the IAS Apex Scale as chief of vigilance organisation in the rank of chief secretary/ secretary to the Central government and retired in 2015.
He attended training courses in many top-notched institutions such as Institute of Public Enterprises in Hyderabad, Xavier’s Labour Relations Institute in Jamshedpur, National Institute of Rural Development in Hyderabad, Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, Administrative Staff College of India in Hyderabad, Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, National Institute of Financial Management in Faridabad, etc.
Lalsawta also undertook Advanced Studies in Public Administration in Maxwell School of Public Administration, Syracuse University, USA. He also attended an International Training Programme in Financial Management in UN sponsored Institute of Public Enterprises, Ljubljana, Slovenia, and also a course in PPP in Infrastructure Development in Harvard University, Cambridge etc.
During his long career as IAS officer, Lalsawta was given such assignments (as DC & District Magistrate, Cane Commissioner, and Divisional Commissioner etc.) that required him to exercise statutory powers independently and pass orders in quasi-judicial proceedings.
Lalsawta presided over Appellate Courts and Revision Courts in Revenue and Criminal cases and also had to decide disciplinary cases in Departmental Proceedings etc. He also functioned as Chairman of various statutory bodies and as Vice Chancellor of 2 Universities.
Ever since his training in the IA&AS Staff College, Shimla, his guiding principle has been the canon/ standard of financial propriety that every Government servant should exercise the same vigilance in respect of expenditure incurred from public moneys as a person of ordinary prudence would exercise in respect of the expenditure of his own money.
As principal secretary and chief of vigilance organisation in Bihar, he supervised and guided Agencies under him such as (1) Vigilance Investigation Bureau headed by Director General/ADG, (2) Special Vigilance Unit headed by Inspector General, and (3) Technical Evaluation Cell headed by the E-in-C. He also had to monitor the functioning of Chief Vigilance Officers of all the Departments and Vigilance Flying Squads of all the Districts.
During his service in Bihar/Jharkhand/Mizoram, he acquired a reputation for honestly, sincerity and probity in public life.
The newly appointed Mizoram Lok Sabha chairman was also recently appointed as Administrative Member of The Real Estate Appellate Tribunal by the government of Bihar.