Perhaps, nothing else could highlight the pitiable state of affairs at the Lokayukta institution better than this.
At the Lokayukta headquarters on the third floor of the Multi-Storeyed (MS)Building, next to Vikasa Soudha, documents related to many important cases are stacked in almirahs along the corridors so that officials get some space to sit inside the rooms.
Documents piled up outside the case workers’ rooms show that the anti-corruption watchdog is fighting for additional space in the same building to accommodate its officials.
There are at least a dozen scrutiny officers with 3-4 case workers each. Most of them are facing a similar situation.
Lokayukta registrar B
Yoginath said a letter has been sent to the government requesting for additional space on the fourth floor of Multi-Storeyed Building, where the transport commissioner’s office is currently located and is likely to be vacated in a month.
“Once the transport department vacates its office, we can occupy that place, provided the government approves it. Of the 15,000 sqft that is likely to be vacated, we have requested the government to allot at least 7,000 sqft,” Yoginath told Express.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal, which was also eyeing for the same space, has now been given accommodation in Kandaya Bhavan as per
High Court orders on Friday.
With this, the Lokayukta will now have a free hand to claim for additional space.