BHOPAL: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, interacting with media after a discussion on 100- day action plan with his ministers on Friday, said that corruption in any department will not be tolerated and if it takes place, then departmental minister and principal secretary will be held responsible for it.
Chauhan said everyone including departmental minister, additional chief secretary, principal secretary to head of department has to perform. He said those whose performance is good would continue in the department and those who would not perform will have to go.
Chauhan said every day of the CM and ministers is meant for the service of 7.5 crore people of the state. Every department has to execute its action plan within a set time limit and decision related to public interest must be taken swiftly, he said.
Chauhan, issuing strict directives to nonperforming ministers and officers, has sensationalised the arena. The ministers, after discussion with the CM, have given directions to their departmental officials on implementation of action plan.
Chauhan has issued warnings in the past too and is adopting a strict stand by observing a policy of zero tolerance on corruption.
Minister’s PA caught while accepting Rs 2000 bribe
After Governor Ramnaresh adav and former higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma, it was the turn of Energy minister Rajendra Shukla to face an embarrassing situation because of his personal staff. A Lokayukta team, on Friday, trapped Mayank Shroti, PA of energy minister Rajendra Shukla, while accepting bribe of Rs 2,000 from travel agent Vijay adav.
Lokayukta SP Sidhartha Chaudhary, while talking to Free Press, said, ” Mayank Shroti had demanded Rs 50,000 monthly from Vijay adav for signing the logbook. Today, he had demanded Rs 5,000 but adav gave him Rs 2,000.
The Lokayuka laid a trap and caught him while accepting Rs 2,000 from adav at 5- number bus stop.” Earlier, MP Governor Ram Naresh adav had to face awkward moments because of his officer on special duty ( OSD) Dhanraj adav had to resign after his name figured in the criminal case related to the alleged scam in the appointment of contractual teachers in the state.
Centre sanctions prosecution of ACS Ajita Pandey
The case pertains to the purchase of electronic metres by the MPEB. More than 70,000 metres were purchased without inviting tenders between 1998 and 2003. These metres were purchased at a price of Rs 714 per metre instead of market price of Rs 320 per metre causing a loss of Rs 6.43 lakh to the MPSEB. At that time, Ajita Vajpayee was financial advisor to the board.
Charge- sheet was submitted by Lokayukta police against former chairman of the Board SK Dasgupta, then directors Basant Kumar Mehta, PC Mandloi and Mohan Pant and the then chief engineer S P Srivastava in 2004. As all these officials had retired, no prosecution sanction was required. In case of Pandey, charge- sheet could not be submitted for want of prosecution sanction.