Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan apparently has chosen to put aside a powerful instrument against corruption like the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 that prescribes for habitual offenders imprisonment for a term not less than five years and which can be extended to ten years.
Instead of gearing up the performance and ensuring a mechanism for speedy prosecution of the corrupt by the apex investigating agencies of the State, the Chief Minister last Wednesday (7 September 2017) issued directives to the district collectors asking them to prepare a list of corrupt officials, who have attained 50 years of age or completed 20 years of service. The Chief Minister also made it very clear that such officers will be terminated from service.
The Chief Minister issued this instruction while addressing Collectors after redressing public grievances on “Samadhan Online” at Mantralaya in the State capital. Resolving revenue cases should be taken as a challenge by the collectors, he said while asserting that corruption won’t be tolerated at any level.
Swacchta Diwas to mark PM’s Birthday
His government works in the interest of the people, Chouhan observed. The Chief Minister also chose this meeting to announce that the birth day of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be celebrated as Swachhta Diwas. He instructed all district collectors to plan a series of programmes on 17 September – to mark the birthday of the Prime Minister.
The Chief Minister’s latest posture on corruption comes close on the heels of his reported remark at a State BJP executive meeting that officers responsible for delaying routine work would be hanged upside down.