The Mizoram Lokayukta was established in March last year and C Lalsawta, a retired civil servant, was sworn in as the first chairman on March 11

Aizawl: At least 11 corruption cases have been registered under the Lokayukta since its inception in March last year, chief minister Zoramthanga informed the state assembly on Tuesday.

Zoramthanga, who also holds vigilance portfolio, said that seven out of the 11 cases have been directly registered with the Lokayukta while the rest four were transferred from the state Anti-Corruption Bureau.

He said that three out of 11 cases have been successfully disposed of by the corruption ombudsman.

The Lokayukta was established in March last year and C Lalsawta, a retired civil servant, was sworn in as the first chairman on March 11.

The Mizoram Lokayukta Act was legislated by the state legislature in 2014 but its establishment was delayed by the erstwhile Congress government as the 14th Finance Commission did not allocate funds for the purpose.

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The state legislature also passed ‘The Mizoram Lokayukta (Amendment) Rules, 2019’ in June last year.

During the fiscal 2019-2020, the state government had allocated Rs 371.06 crore for smooth functioning of the Lokayukta.

In October last year, main opposition had accused the government of dissolving the Lokayukta by placing it under state vigilance department.

However, the chief minister had rebutted the allegation stating that the Lokayukta was transferred to the vigilance department due to its duty and nature of work although the law department was initially the nodal agency of the corruption ombudsman.

He had said that the Lokayukta was placed under the vigilance department to upgrade and strengthen it.

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