C Lalsawta sworn in as Mizoram’s first Lokayukta chairman

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Retired IAS officer C Lalsawta was sworn-in as the first Chairman of the newly-constituted Lokayukta in Mizoram. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the newly appointed Mizoram governor Jagdish Mukhi in a swearing-in ceremony held at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl.

C Lalsawta :

• Lalsawta is a 1981 batch Bihar cadre IAS officer. The 63-year-old has been in the government service for more than 40 years. 

 Before he joined the IAS in 1981, he served as a member of the Indian Audit & Accounts Services for nearly two years.

 He reached the IAS Apex Scale as chief of vigilance organisation in the rank of chief secretary/ secretary to the Central government.

 After returning to Bihar, he was made the vigilance commissioner of the state. He retired in 2015.

• During his long career as IAS officer, Lalsawta was given such assignments that required him to exercise statutory powers independently and pass orders in quasi-judicial proceedings.

 Lalsawta presided over Appellate Courts and Revision Courts in Revenue and Criminal cases and also had to decide disciplinary cases in Departmental Proceedings.

 He also functioned as Chairman of various statutory bodies and as Vice Chancellor of two Universities.

The appointment of the Lokayukta chairman was done after due consultations and fulfilment of judicious selection procedures.
The Mizoram Lokayukta Act was legislated by the state assembly in 2014 but its establishment was delayed as the 14th Finance Commission did not allocate funds for the purpose as sought by the then Congress-led state government.