`Dalals` stalled Jharkhand`s progress: Chief Secy

Jharkhand has been crippled by `dalals` (political brokers) who stalled the progress of the country`s most mineral rich state, but a new policy has been formulated to deal with the menace, a top state bureaucrat has said.

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2010, 19:45 PM IST

Ranchi: Jharkhand has been crippled by
`dalals` (political brokers) who stalled the progress of the
country`s most mineral rich state, but a new policy has been
formulated to deal with the menace, a top state bureaucrat has
said.

"After the state was formed in 2000, a culture of
political brokers erupted in top echelons who were expert in
all sorts of `management`," Jharkhand Chief Secretary Ashok
Kumar Singh said in an exclusive interview.

"Political instability gave birth to a situation where
dalals (political brokers) got active," he alleged.

The brokers in connivance with a few political leaders
took the successive state governments "hostage" and they
functioned at their whims and fancies, Singh said.

"The present administration is very serious about the
issue and a list of all tainted officials is being prepared.
We are planning to investigate corruption charges against all
them in a time-bound manner."

Most of the corruption charges are being investigated
by the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, IT department, state
vigilance and police, he said.

The government machinery is also being revamped and
people will see positive outcome very soon, Singh said.

Governor M O H Farooq has passed an order under which
all state employees will have to declare their assets every
three years till retirement, he said.

If any employee fails to declare assets, then he/she
will be liable to face one year imprisonment.

Under the rule, newly-appointed employees will have to
declare their assets within three months of appointment.

The new direction, applicable to all state employees
except fourth grade staff, will cover around 60,000 employees,
including over 1,200 officers, the Chief Secretary said.

PTI