Expressing concern over corruption in public life, Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Thursday said dilution or weakening of the Karnataka Lokayukta would not be allowed and the independence of the investigation agency would be maintained.

Addressing the State after hoisting the tricolour to mark the 63r{+d}Republic Day at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Parade Grounds here amid tight security, the Governor said the Karnataka Lokayukta had rendered an exemplary service and done the State proud. “Let me assure you that there shall be no dilution or weakening of the Lokayukta.” Mr. Bhardwaj, who earlier took salute and inspected the guard of honour in an open jeep, said there was a strong discontent in society and there was lack of probity in public life. “Society is demanding an environment free from corruption and we will have to work to fulfil it.”

In a 12-page address, Mr. Bhardwaj said any attempt to weaken the administrative structure and institutions should be avoided. “Instead, we should strive to build strong institutions and traditions, which will outlive the individuals who create them.”

Police administration

There is need to work hard to ensure the independence of police administration and providing the security of tenure keeping in mind the recommendations of National Police Commission. The Governor said strict vigil should be maintained on certain fringe elements working overtime to disturb peace and harmony.

Schemes

Noting bottlenecks in implementation of various government programmes, the Governor said loopholes had to be plugged in a timely manner to ensure the fruits of these programmes reached the beneficiaries. “The continuous monitoring and evaluation of government programmes is a must for achieving this objective.”

Karnataka is the first state to establish an independent State Evaluation Authority to evaluate development programmes in a transparent and effective manner to ensure their proper implementation, he said.