In order to tackle the menace of corruption the institution of ombudsman plays the most important role. In India, the Lokpal (Union Level) and Lokayuktas (State Level) is nomenclature for the office of ombudsman.
The Section 63 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act 2013 envisages that every State shall establish a body to be known as the Lokayukta within a period of one year from the date of commencement of the Act. However, many States have not complied with this section. The effective implementation of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, which came into force on January 16, 2014, is still a dream.
Based on RTI replies sent by various Lokayukta to applications sent by TII, this report has been published to infer about the effectiveness of Lokayuktas (state-level ombudsman institutions) in the states of India. We believe that India can only combat corruption effectively, if it has established powerful and independent institutions- Lokpal and Lokayukta at National and State level to prosecute and punish the corrupt.
Our hope is that this report provides a clear insight into the working of the state level Ombudsman and acts as a tool in making the institutions of Lokpal and Lokayukta more effective.