Kerala IT Parks and State IT Mission brought under Lok Ayukta


Tvm: About 117 Government and Quasi-Government Societies and Organisations registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and the Travancore Cochin Literary Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act 1955 including IT Parks in Kerala – Technopark, Trivandrum; Infopark, Kochi and Cyberpark, Kozhikode and the Kerala State IT Mission will be brought under the ambit of Lok Ayukta.

Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy said that the notification to this effect will be issued soon. He was briefing the media after the weekly Cabinet meeting. Till now only three societies were functioning within the scope of Lok Ayukta. This decision is expected to curb the corruption in these organisations and increase the transparency of its functioning.

The Kerala Lok Ayukta come into force on November 15, 1998 as per the Kerala Lok Ayukta Act, 1999.  ‘Lok Ayukta’ is a concept originated from the term ‘Ombudsman’, who is the people’s procurator, an officer of the parliament, to investigate into the grievances of the public about administrative wrongs and excesses. Ombudsman in India is conferred with the functions of dealing with the grievances of the people arising out of mal-administration and for fighting against corruption at administrative and political levels. There is no tall claim that Lok Ayukta could eradicate corruption and mal-administration. But within its limits, it acts as a watch dog. Anyone who is aggrieved or interested in cleansing public life can approach the forum. One can approach the forum directly, even without the aid and assistance of a lawyer. There is no formality or fees but there must be a genuine case.

Talking to Kerala IT News, Mervin Alexander, CEO, Technopark said, “We welcome this initiative”. The Kerala State Information Technology Mission (KSITM) is an autonomous nodal IT implementation agency for Department of Information Technology, Government of Kerala which provides managerial support to various initiatives of the Department.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News


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