Himachal to bring new state graft law: Dhumal

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By: ML Verma

Shimla (Apr 8): While people all over the state today gathered at different places to observe fast in support of Anna Hazare’s tirade against corruption, sensing the tide Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in the state Vidhan Sabha announced to bring a new graft legislation during the next session of the state assembly to check corruption, admitting that the current law was not sufficient to tackle it.

Giving a statement in the House, Dhumal said that the current movement lead by Anna Hazare has proved to be an eye-opener as it was getting mass support. He said that there was no doubt that the current graft law was not sufficient to tackle the menace of corruption in the country. Dhumal highlighted that members of the House showed their concern over this issue during the current session and the matter was taken up in the assembly by both sides. Terming the issue a burning problem of the day, the Chief Minister said that number of scams like spectrum allotment, Commonwealth Games, Adarsh housing society scam, Hassan Ali case, etc had surfaced recently.

The Chief Minister said that the issue of appointment of CVC, followed by its quashing by the Supreme Court, has posed many questions on the incumbent graft laws, which needed to be redrafted. He added that corruption laws could not be checked on political and administrative level. Dhumal said that welfare scheme being launched in the name of
Father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, have become symbol of national-wide corruption today.

Calling the members not to politicize the issue, Dhumal showed resolve to bring in state legislation to eradicate the menace. Dhumal informed the members that the new legislation would have the provision to compound property being amassed unlawfully so that the state could be free from corruption.

Objecting to the Chief Minister quoting oppositon leaders, leader of the opposition Vidya Stokes said that she never stated on record that the state was free from corruption. She demanded that the words should be expunged from the Chief minister statement.

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