Lokayukta investigates cases of corruption, where substantiated, recommend action. He is a great check on corruption, brings about transparency in the system, makes administrative machinery citizen friendly. His functions largely depend upon jurisdiction vested in him and facilities provided for taking cognizance of citizens’ grievances promptly, dexterously and expeditiously through simple, informal mechanism devoid of technicalities.
Corruption is internationally recognized a major problem,capable of endangering stability and security of society, threatening social, economic and political development and undermining the values of democracy and morality. It has assumed alarming proportions resultantly public funds going into private hands leading to enrichment of bribe givers and bribe takers.
The Rajasthan Lokayukta and Up-Lokayuktas Act, 1973. states that For the purpose of conducting investigations in accordance with the provisions of this Act, the Governor shall, by warrant under his hand and seal, appoint a person to be known as the Lokayukta and one or more persons to be known as the Up-Lokayukta or Up-Lokayuktas provided that:-
(a) The Lokayukta shall be appointed after consultation with the Chief Justice of the High Court and the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, or if there be no such Leader, a person elected in this behalf by the Members of the Opposition in that House in such manner as the Speaker may direct;
(b) the Up-Lokayukta or Up-Lokayuktas shall be appointed after consultation with the Lokayukta.
The Lokayukta or an Up-Lokayukta shall not be a member of Parliament or a member of the Legislature of any State and shall not hold any office of the trust or profit (other than his Office as the Lokayukta or, as the case may be, an Up-Lokayukta); or be connected with any political party or carry on any business or practice any profession and
accordingly before he enters upon his office.
Every person appointed as the Lokayukta or an Up-Lokayukta shall hold office for a term of five years from the date on which he enters upon his office.
The salary, allowances and pension, payable to and conditions of service of the Lokayukta or Up-Lokayukta shall respectively be the same as those of the Chief Justice or a Judge of the High Court of Rajasthan.
The Lokayukta or an Up- Lokayukta may be removed from his office by the Governor on the ground of misbehavior or incapacity, and on no other ground.