Bureaucracy is lax, laments former CJI

Lack of political will is an obstacle, says Rajendra Babu

“While the lack of political will is in itself an obstacle, even the lax bureaucratic system is a lacunae in the administration of the country,” the former Chief Justice of India said at a two-day seminar arranged by the Vivekananda College of Law here.

The former CJI said that during his tenure as NHRC commissioner, the Prime Minister had set aside Rs 1,800 crore for relief for the farmers suicide. “But till I left office the money was not released. There is no further news on the matter,” he said.

The Indian polity had passed the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, but the law had been turned into Prevention of  Atrocities Act 1989. “It is sad to see that an Act protecting rights has been relegated to a mere protection clause,” he noted. 

According to the former NHRC chairperson, a good governance system is one that reaches the masses. “The Constitution has promised rights for every citizen under various Articles. But how many of them have actually been implemented?” asked Babu.

Powers to Lokayukta

At another function, but on the same theme, former High Court judge M F Saldhana sought more powers for the Lokayukta to eradicate corruption.

“Let the State Government be honest and tell the citizens of Karnataka whether it is in favour of corruption being either reduced or eradicated. It should have the honesty to abolish the post of Lokayukta,” said Saldanha. He also wanted to know why the State had not fulfiled its obligations to fill the vacant post of the Upa Lokayukta.

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