Not staying for another term, says Hegde

“I’m not a favourite with the government. But even if I were asked to stay, I would not accept it,” Hegde said.Hegde’s five-year term ends this August.

He says he has worked enough at the job and can no longer keep up the tempo at his age.
Though corruption is seen as the core issue, his experience as Lokayukta has proved bad governance is a far larger problem.

“Only 10 per cent of the complaints we received were corruption related. The 90 per cent of the cases had to do with maladministration or poor governance,” he said. People suffered on a day-to-day basis and wanted change.

The Lokayukta had charge sheeted 1,400 public officials in his term. Hegde said in Karnataka, one could get a licence to mine anywhere with little concern for how much revenue the State was losing.

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