Gehlot bats for state funding of polls to curb corruption

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said the Lokpal or Lok Ayukta will not help cleanse corruption and asserted that the need of the hour is to bring in electoral reforms to enable transparency in the system.

Last Updated: Apr 16, 2011, 16:38 PM IST

Mumbai: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok
Gehlot on Saturday said the Lokpal or Lok Ayukta will not help
cleanse corruption and asserted that the need of the hour is
to bring in electoral reforms to enable transparency in the
system.

"State funding of elections and transparency in political
donations are a good option," Gehlot said adding that state
funding can help to curb use of black money in election
campaign and funds.

The Chief Minister was in the city to honour Dr A S Soin
with the R D Birla National Award for his work in the
development of Liver Transplant in India.

Gehlot said corrupt practices were seen even in the
Medical Council of India (MCI) referring to the disgraced
former MCI Chairman Ketan Desai who was arrested on corruption
charges.

He said his state had done away with the discretionary
powers of ministers as suggested by UPA Chairperson Sonia
Gandhi and even put assets and liabilities of bureaucrats on
the website.

"Recently, we took a decision to ask 45,000 state
government employees to declare their assets failing which
action like stopping their promotions would be taken," Gehlot
said.

PTI