Hooda for strong legislation to rein in corruption
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 21:06
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 bribe.

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.


First Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 21:06

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