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Congress to corner BJP govt over corruption in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh Congress is all set to corner the ruling BJP government in the state on issues of widespread corruption prevailing in government departments, particularly the food and civil supplies department, during the ensuing budget session of the state assembly that commences on Monday. The party would also raise issues of jaundice outbreak in state capital and the skewed paddy procurement policy.

Accusing the government of turning a blind eye to corruption, leader of the opposition, TS Singhdeo said that the Congress would expose the dichotomy between chief minister Raman Singh’s loud claims about zero tolerance to corruption and the ground realities. He said in the past eight years (2006-2014), the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) had registered 55 cases against various government employees but action had been initiated in only two cases.

Dubbing it a ‘farce’, Singhdeo said corruption was rampant in the state and nothing moved in the government departments without ‘greasing’ the palms of the babus.

He said over 350 government employees have been booked by the EOW and the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) in the period but only a handful have been penalized yet. He said over 60 raids were conducted and unaccounted wealth of over Rs 1.25 crore was unearthed but the government failed to initiate action against the corrupt officials.

Singhdeo said both the EOW and ACB couldn’t proceed against the officials without the consent of the state government. “If permission has been granted once, why are the cases not being sent to the court for prosecution”, he added.

Referring to the recent scam in the Food and civil supplies department, Singhdeo said the government was going slow on the case. “Corruption in the department and Public Distribution System (PDS) is well-known and the illicit money transactions are shared from "top to the bottom,” he added.

Singhdeo said that the government was also not doing enough to control jaundice outbreaks in state capital. Accusing the government of failing to provide quality healthcare to people, Singhdeo said they would also raise the issue of shortage of doctors and other staff in state-run hospitals.

He added, “Skewed procurement policy of the government has resulted in huge losses to farmers of the state.”

Budget session of the House is slated to have 23 sittings and would conclude on April 7. The state budget would be presented on March 9. The session would commence with the Governor's address on Monday at 11am.