Source: News Bharati English15 Jun 2016 12:43:21

New Delhi, June 15: In order to uproot the menace of corruption, Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday said that the vigilance drive against corrupt officials would continue across the state. Talking to media after inspecting the construction of the proposed Assam House here this morning before his departure for Guwahati, Sonowal said that the Government of Assam will not tolerate corruption. “The government will carry on with the ongoing drive against corruption. It will not betray the trust of the people of Assam,” Sonowal said.In its Vision Document, the Assam BJP had talked about appointing a retired Gauhati High Court judge as Lokayukta and implement ‘zero tolerance’ policy against corruption. The State Government, soon after taking over ordered closure of all checkgates in the State, which were considered a den of corruption.

Sonowal took stock of the ongoing construction work of the Assam House at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Marg on Tuesday. The Chief Minister went round the entire building from the two lower basements to the top floor and asked the builders to complete the construction work within the stipulated time frame.

Sonowal said he would take up the matter regarding interior designing of the building during a review meeting with officials of the PWD (Building and NH)) in Guwahati soon. “The interior designing would have to reflect the cultural mosaic of Assam as the building is our asset and a pride of Assam in the national capital. I would personally look into the matter and ask the department concerned to engage a good interior designer and start the tendering process immediately,” he said.

Later, the Chief Minister had a telephonic talk with Commissioner and Special Secretary, PWD (Building and NH), AC Bordoloi, and directed him to start the tendering process for the interior designing of the Assam House. During the inspection, Sonowal told the engineers at the site to adopt the green building concept and make it ‘no-spitting’ and ‘no-smoking’ zones, news agency The Assam Tribune reported.

Later, the Chief Minister said that priority would be given to providing accommodation to the people of the State, who come to the national capital for different purposes. The newly constructed Assam House will have 60 rooms, six VIP suites, three VVIP suites and a dormitory each for boys and girls, a dining hall, a waiting room, a lounge, a conference hall, two basements – one for car parking and the other for setting up offices. The project is estimated to cost around Rs 51 crore and is scheduled for completion in May 2017.