Chief Secy submits report to CM over Agriculture Minister’s land issue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jul 2017 10:15:47



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Chief Minister refuses to comment on the matter as he has not yet gone through the report

Agrawal in his clarification assured that he is open to any kind of investigation

Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, who returned from his 3-day New Delhi tour on Thursday, said that the report he had called from Chief Secretary on the forest land issue which family of Cabinet Minister Brijmohan Agrawal had purchased has been handed over and that he is yet to go through the report. Only after going through the report he will be in a position to comment on the matter.

The Chief Minister was talking to mediapersons at airport on his return from Delhi. He added that after the issue went viral, he went through the comments and statements issued by the opposition leaders in social and other media.

The Chief Minister said that the Agriculture Minister Brijmohan Agrawal has also submitted his clarification and while doing so he had assured that he is open to any kind of investigation initiated by any agency. He further added that the issue has been taken into cognizance by the BJP National leadership and that further steps will be taken after seeing the report.

Meanwhile, on the backdrop of allegations levelled against Minister Brijmohan Agrawal’s family members that the land purchased by them at Sirpur in Mahasamund district, where a tourist resort ‘Shyam Vatika’ has been built, is a forest land, donated to WRD by one Vishnu Sahu and was subsequently transferred over to the forest department for plantation purpose, the Chief Minister had asked the Chief Secretary to submit a report in this direction.

Accordingly, the 11 page report has been forwarded to the Chief Minister by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand. If the sources are to be believed, the PMO has also been kept updated with the investigation and action taken report and further developments. The report which has been sent to the Chief Minister, also has copies of correspondence undertaken between different departments and directives issued by Commissioner and Collectors.

The Chief Minister while commenting on the fresh political upheaval in Bihar, said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken a good and sensible decision. This decision will ensure fast development of Bihar and with NDA, the state will get good governance. He extended his congratulations to newly-inducted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and
Dy Chief Minister Sushil Modi.Commenting on the AICC Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s Bastar tour, the Chief Minister said it is good that he remembered Bastar after a long time and that he is coming to Bastar. He said when he comes to Bastar he will see the developments there, what is wrong in his Bastar tour. It is good that national leaders are coming to Chhattisgarh.

Commenting on his meeting with Niti Ayog Chairman, the Chief Minister said he had visited the Niti Ayog and held discussions on projects pertaining to malnutrition and bringing further down the MMR and IMR. He also gave a detailed presentation on various development projects being undertaken in Chhattisgarh and urged to pay special attention towards Chhattisgarh, which is fast growing.

Commenting on farmers’ suicide, the Chief Minister said it is unfortunate and such things shouldn’t happen. He added that the opposition shouldn’t politicize serious and sensitive issues like suicide. The State Government is with the farmers. Commenting on the future of Parliamentary Secretaries, the Chief Minister said the state will act on the order issued by Supreme Court and bring its recommendations into compliance.