Steps are being taken to put an end to this menace of corruption: CM 15-03-2015
Chandigarh, March 15 ––The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that his government has identified CLU, transfers and government jobs as three major hotbeds of corruption and steps are being taken to slam the doors shut on this menace in these areas. Speaking to media persons at Meet the Press programme organized by the Chandigarh Press Club here today, he said that his government planned to come out with a transfer policy to check graft as transfers had became quite a business in the previous regime. Expressing satisfaction over the outcome of the various initiatives taken by his government during the last more than four months to curb corruption in the state, he said that the course of action on the Vadra land deal case and dozens of other complaints which were being investigated, would be made public soon. Corruption at any level will not be tolerated. It has been noticed that whenever steps are taken to check corruption, the pace of work gets slowed down. “We are working to resolve this matter. The people of the state have given positive mandate to the BJP on various issues, including corruption, and steps are being taken to put an end to this menace”, he added. In reply to a question, the Chief Minister disclosed that the number of cases registered by the Haryana State Vigilance Bureau in the last four months had exceeded those registered by the Bureau during the last ten years. When his attention was drawn to the fact that cases were generally registered only against lower level employees, he clarified that the Bureau took action whenever any complaint was made to it. “If any information about action not being taken against any senior officer by the Bureau is brought to my notice, I will take note of it”, he added. Taking a dig at the previous Congress Government, the Chief Minister said it had dug many pits which needed to be filled. Blaming it for economic mismanagement and directionless development, he described Haryana as a fragmented state. Development was confined to only a few areas which created imbalance. It needs to be corrected. Inclusive development of the state is among the top priorities of his government, he added. Mr Manohar Lal said that discretion must be ended and powers centralized to curb corruption. It could also be checked by brining transparency with the use of information technology. Referring to the steps taken in this direction, he said that CM Window had been set up at the district level to save people time and money and redress their grievances in a time-bound manner. This facility would soon be extended to the grass-roots level, he added. Besides, the state government has also decided to set up gram sachivalayas to make available all facilities under one roof. In addition, HARSAMAY portal of the police has been launched where anyone could register complaints online. Under this, the complainant would get a copy of the FIR within 24 hours. Then, e-registration has also been started in all districts for making the registry process hassle-free and transparent. Under this, people can get delivery of their registry the same day after paying nominal fee. The Chief Minister said that in order to provide graft-free administration, file tracking system has been started. He lamented the fact that files have been found lying pending in various departments for more than five years. Files should not be called but move automatically. In reply to a question, the Chief Minister made it clear that bureaucrats did not belong to any political party; they belong to the government of the day.