Source: News Bharati English03 Jul 2016 14:46:27

Itanagar, July 3: In his effort to curb corrupt practices prevailing in “some” government departments, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Kalikho Pul has requested the Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) cum Minister in-charge of Home Department to take ‘appropriate’ action against the officers found indulging in such corrupt practices.

A communiqué from CMO on Saturday said that during his recent visit to the Arunachal Armed Police Battalion (AAPBn) Colony at Chimpu on June 25 in connection with the shifting of personnel of Motor Traffic Office, Naharlagun to new accommodation at AAPBn’s Chimpu campus, the Chief Minister had received complaints regarding collection of money allegedly by the Commandant of 1st AAP Battalion, Chimpu from police personnel residing in the campus for maintenance of the dilapidated main approach road that runs through the campus.Pul terming it as “unfortunate” stated that almost 30 years old road has been lying in a state of total disrepair and neglect and needed immediate maintenance, however stated that the act of the senior police officer to collect money from police personnel as “an act of misdemeanour”.

He noted that though there was no malafide intention of the officer and proper records have been maintained for the amount so collected, the act of collection of money itself “contravenes all existing govt procedures”. He should have intimated the matter to the govt through the police authorities for taking up maintenance work, the Pul averred, news agency Echo of Arunachal reported.

Further, noting that the officer has taken a unilateral decision for fund collection thereby violating the established govt norms, the CM asked the Dy CM to initiate appropriate action and also to give directions to return the money collected to the police personnel. He also requested the Dy CM (PWD) to take up the repair and maintenance work of the dilapidated approach road that runs through the AAPBn campus at Chimpu on priority basis.