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