Jind: With nation rallying behind
anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, Haryana Chief Minister,
Bhupinder Singh on Sunday hinted at a strong legislation which
will act as a deterrent both for the givers and takers of
Speaking at the state-level function of representatives
of Panchayati Raj Institutions here, Hooda called upon the
PRIs to complain against corrupt officers and assured strict
action against the culprits.
To rein in corruption, he hinted that "hum sakht kanoon
banayenge (we will bring strong legislation to rein in
corruption)", but at the same time he sought people`s support
to help fight the menace.
Chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and members of Zila
Parishad, Panchayat Samitis and thousands of Sarpanches and
Panches of Gram Panchayats participated in the function.
Delegation of powers to PRIs, he said, held the key to
controlling corruption and eradicating this menace as it would
increase transparency and promote honesty.
"The former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, used to say
that out of the Rs 100 spent by the government, only Rs 15
reached the ground level. But now money is getting transferred
directly to the accounts of gram panchayats and they would be
able to use Rs 100 out of Rs 100 for the welfare of the
people," he said.
Hooda said that no single person could eradicate this
evil and the people would have to take a pledge not to take or
give any sort of bribe.
"It is my belief that the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan
Singh, is the most honest Prime Minister in the world today
and Sonia Gandhi is the most honest President of any party.
"Veh (Dr Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi) Wahan Baithe
Kya Kar Sakate hain, Main Yahan Baith kar Kya Kar Sakata huin,
Jab Tak Aapaka Sehyog Nahi hoga," (what they can do or what I
can do, till people do not support), he said.