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Padsalgikar appointed Maha's second Upa Lokayukta

By IndianMandarins- 08 Mar 2019
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Just retired Maharashtra's DGP Dattatray Padsalgikar (Retd IPS:1982:MH) has been appointed the state's second Upa Lokayukta.

 

Maharashtra, which has been the first state to appoint the institution of the Lokayukta through the Maharashtra Lokayukta and Upa Lokayukta Act (1971), has been functioning with one Lokayukta and one Upa Lokayukta so far.

 

In February, activist Anna Hazare had sat on a hunger strike demanding to strengthen the Lokayukta, which had ended only after an assurance from CM Fadnavis that the government would do so. 

 

Fadnavis has reportedly said that Padsalgikar’s appointment has been done in consultation with the Lokayukta. And his responsibility will be decided by the Lokayukta Justice (retd) M L Tahaliyani. 

 

Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain said, “There is a provision in the 1971 Act, which allows the government to appoint more than one Upa Lokayukta.” Shailesh Kumar Sharma, a retired IAS officer, is already serving as the other Upa Lokayukta since December 2015.

 

Jain said that the creation of the second post was felt necessary to speed up the disposal of complaints and grievances lodged before the anti-corruption watchdog.

Padsalgikar’s name had earlier been doing the rounds for the vacant post of the chairman of the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC). While the MPSC chairman’s post can be occupied for three years, the Upa Lokayukta can be in office for five years.

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