`Jharkhand planning law to weed out corruption`

The proposed law will be separate from the existing one with the chief minister also coming under its purview, he said.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2011, 16:05 PM IST

Jamshedpur: Jharkhand Chief Minister
Arjun Munda on Wednesday said his government was contemplating a
stringent law to weed out corruption in the state.

"We are considering to bring in law to eradicate
corruption and a bill will be tabled in this regard in next
session of the assembly," Munda told a press conference here.

The proposed law will be separate from the existing
one with the chief minister also coming under its purview, he
said.

The law would ensure that the property of the accused
could be seized and the government employees may lose their
job, if found involved in graft practices, he said.

"We have initiated steps in this connection and
started disposing pending cases related to corruption," Munda
said.

On several cases, either having recommended to CBI or
state Vigilance department, Munda claimed all these were
either at the stage of disposal or charge-sheets being framed
to reduce the number.

"We are discussing the legal aspect as well as
quantum of punishment to be incorporated in the proposed law,
he said.

Referring to report of land scam to the tune of
Rs.1000 crore in Deoghar district, Munda said the case could
be recommended to CBI investigation.

Asked to comment on the land acquisition bill passed
in the ongoing Parliament session, the chief minister said the
scenario in Jharkhand was completely different in many aspect.

Affriming his government was opposed to export of
iron ores, Munda said "I had demanded the Prime Minister to
impose ban on export of ore during a recent meeting.

"There is no question of export of iron ore when our
domestic consumption has increased," he added.

On the opposition demand for withdrawal of the alleged
government policy to export the `fine ores`, Munda countered
"some vested interests and big forces are trying to mislead
the state on the issue but let me remind the state cabinet is
opposed to the export of mineral."

Blaming the opposition of "deliberately takina a rigid
posture," over the issue, he argued inter-state transporting
of surplus ores within the country cannot be branded as
`export`.

Calling for the need to find ways to generate revenue,
he said the government has projected a royalty to the tune of
Rs.150 crore from ores segment.

"We are expecting the state to produce 3000-3500 MW
power by March 2012 and 10,000 MW in next three years, he
said.

PTI