The state government would place all government contracts worth Rs 100 crore and above for the scrutiny of the judicial commission. A bill was passed by the AP Assembly on Friday authorising the government to constitute a Judicial Commission headed by a sitting judge or a retired judge selected by the High Court chief justice. The government would then send all its contracts for the scrutiny of this judicial commission, which would also seek suggestions from the people on the proposed work. Based on this, the judicial commission would take a call. Even the tender notification and the scrutiny of the tenders would be done by the judicial commission. Only then, the government would award the contract.
The process, though would take a fortnight, will eliminate corruption and favouritism in awarding tenders to the contractors, claimed the chief minister Jaganmohan Reddy. He said during the discussion on the passing the bill, that it was a historic move by any government to place all its contracts before the judicial commission. This would also be a role model for the rest of the country, he said.
Jaganmohan Reddy is keen on providing corruption-free government in the State. He had been promising this style from the time he launched the padayatra and started working on this from the time he assumed charge as Chief Minister. The intervention of the judicial commission would close all the doors of the government to do some favours to the contractors close to the party or associated with the ruling party leaders, as was done in the case of the previous Telugu Desam Party government.
Jaganmohan Reddy government also cleared the Lok Ayukta bill making it mandatory to fill the Lok Ayukta with a sitting judge or retired judge or retired chief justice. The office of Lok Ayukta was kept vacant by the previous TDP government. The chief minister said that the presence of Lok Ayukta would reduce corruption in administration. The eyes of the Lok Ayukta would be open all the time monitoring the government activities and probing into the corruption allegations against the government employees. The chief Minister said that these initiatives would end corruption in bureaucracy. It is to be seen how far he would succeed in providing a corruption-free governance, as promised.