Guwahati, May 21: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal asserted that the war against corruption would continue and no one found to be indulging in corruption would be spared. He also said that bringing the system back on track was a major challenge faced by the BJP-led government in the State and admitted that they have miles to go to bring back work culture among all sections of government employees.
CM Sonowal said that as promised to the people before the election, the fight against corruption was a major challenge before the government and said that the war would continue.
“In the first Cabinet meeting, we decided to take immediate steps to abolish the illegal check gates, while recently, we took a decision that no one would interfere with the functioning of the agencies involved in dealing with corruption. Perhaps for the first time, a state government has taken such a decision in the Cabinet and we wanted to send across a strong message to everyone,” he said.
Sonowal pointed out that a number of people, including senior officers of various department including police were put behind the bars for their involvement in corruption, while the chairman of the Assam Public Service Commission and members of the Commission were arrested. Now efforts are on to nab those who got into government jobs through illegal means. He also said that the investigating agencies have also been directed to look into assets of officers, which are disproportionate to their known sources of income.
The Chief Minister said efforts are on to strengthen the vigilance and anti-corruption wing and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Assam Police with additional manpower and equipment, while the Chief Minister’s Vigilance Cell has been activated. As the forensic science plays a key role not only ininvestigation of cases of corruption but also other cases, a decision has been taken to strengthen the State Forensic Science Laboratory.
“To keep education out of politics, I have decided to step down from the post of Chancellor of five universities, including Cotton University and from now on, the State Governor will be the Chancellor of the universities,” he added.