‘Every irregularity will be investigated’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jan 2019 11:21:52



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Coming down heavily on the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said “We talk about change, not revenge and will work towards eradication of Left Wing Extremism and complete prohibition after building confidence in the people. For solving LWE problems, the state government will be holding talks with victims which include villagers, local intellectuals, journalists, civil society members, etc.

While countering the allegations leveled on Congress Government by former Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, the Chief Minister said whether it is Jhiram incident, Civil Supplies scam, Antagarh tape fiasco, Agusta Helicopter irregularities, every irregularity will be investigated and guilty will be brought to books. He said the former Chief Minister was repeatedly speaking of revenge politics, but no revenge politics is being carried out here, however, what we’re doing is ensuring justice.

Commenting on objection raised by BJP regarding appointment of a particular IPS official as EoW incharge, Baghel said in order to ensure justice we have appointed the said IPS officer as he was most trusted police office of the previous regime and he will be enquiring the dark areas of civil supplies scam which the previous government failed to explore. He said former Home Minister and BJP leader Nankiram Kanwar had run pillar to post with his complaint regarding another IPS officer but the then BJP government didn’t pay heed to his complaint. Yesterday, Kanwar had submitted the said letter personally to him and that he has already ordered enquiry into the allegations leveled in the letter.

Answering to the discussions held on the Thanksgiving Proposal for Governor’s Address, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel while countering the allegations regarding failing in imposing total prohibition in the state, said nothing will be ordered abruptly. He said 85 tehsil in the state come under Scheduled areas where there are gram sabhas. We will carry out awareness drive and hold consultations in this direction in these gram sabhas. Already a committee has been constituted in this direction. He said mandate is for 5 years and the opposition expect us to deliver in 20 days. Liqour is a social evil and along with the government the society has to come ahead as it has got responsibility to fulfill here. Initiative has already been taken and we will take all the time to build confidence before taking any strong step.

Baghel said lots of discussions were held during this session on suicide committed by farmers. During previous session, the Congress had raked up the issue and held discussions on farmers’ suicide in Mahasamund, Kawardha, Kanker, etc. He said so far as loan waiver is concerned, we have done what we have promised. He said his government will work to add color to the lives of all sections of society. The state government has waived off loans to the tune of Rs 6100 crore of 16.5 lakh farmers. The decision regarding procuring paddy against Minimum Support Price of Rs 2500 per quintal was taken. He added that the stipend of tendupatta leaves collectors were increased from Rs 2500 to Rs 4000 rupees per standard sack. There is huge encouragement among the farmers and many have reverted back by sending donations to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

Baghel said works being undertaken under District Mineral Fund (DMF) will be reviewed. Over 300 cases against Chit fund companies agents will be withdrawn at the same time money invested by investors in chit-fund companies will be recovered. He said the state government will make adequate arrangement for irrigation and grazing fields for cattle will be developed. He said after ban on registry of plots below 5 decimal were lifted, over 1244 plots have been registered.

The Chief Minister said the state government has worked towards strengthening the economy and his government is working with a very clear objective.