Raipur: Opposition Congress on Friday demanded
Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh`s resignation
following Lokayukta`s statement that government lacked the
political will to act against corruption.
Chief Lokayukta Justice LC Bhadu has written on the
issues pertaining to corruption in the preface to the annual
report of the Lok Aayog.
"Despite setting up several committees, departments and
commissions, corruption is growing... (Indian statesman)
Kautilya had said it is difficult to know when a fish drinks
water. Similarly, it is difficult to detect when a public
servant indulges in bribery," Bhadu has said in the report.
"But now, there are innumerable fish in the pond and
each of them wants to drink as much water as it can. However,
efforts from the state as well as central government against
corruption do not look sufficient and it seems that corrupt
people are directly or indirectly being saved," he has stated.
He further said many complaints of corruption and
ill-governance are received by the Lok Aayog. "However, the
Lok Aayog has no solution to it as it does not possess powers
to take up these cases."
Coming down heavily on the administration, he said "when
an order of the Lok Aayog reaches the secretariat, instead of
acting against a tainted public servant, attempts are
initiated to nullify the order."
What caused further embarrassment to the BJP-led
Raman Singh government was senior cabinet minister Nanki Ram
Kanwar`s remark that Bhadu`s comments must have been based on
Senior Congress leader and president of state party
Nandkumar Patel said the chief Lokayukta`s comments indicate
that the state government is helping the corrupt people.