New HP graft bill welcomes public comment



Shimla: Going a step ahead of Central government, which is muddled in drafting new anti-corruption bill with civil rights groups, Himachal Pradesh government has sought public comment on a new Himachal Pradesh graft act, which is named as H.P. Confiscation of ill Gotten Assets Bill, 2011.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in the last Vidhan Sabha session had proposed to enact a new law aimed at confiscating illegally acquired assets as a result of corrupt practices of the public servants. Accordingly, state government had drafted a new bill aimed at confiscating illegally acquired assets to the state exchequer, which had been uploaded on the Himachal Pradesh Government website for the information of general public and has invited the comments of the public on the proposed law.

Spokesman of the state government said here today that the government intends to prosecute persons involved in such corrupt practices and also to ensure that they are not allowed to enjoy the fruit of their ill gotten assets. Government also intends to ensure that such assets are confiscated and put to fruitful use in public interest. He said that comments of all citizens were welcome, which may be sent to Under Secretary (Home) HP Government, Room No. A-311, HP Secretariat, Shimla-171002.  The detailed bill can be seen on Home Department website under the link of Home-C Section.


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