Rubbishing the state government's "lame explanation" over various irregularities highlighted in the CAG report, former union minister Chaman Lal Gupta, MLA, has demanded a thorough probe into these "scams" by some independent body or the Vigilance Commission or Accountability Commission in a time-bound manner.
Gupta said that the CAG is an important constitutional body but it is strange that its findings are being dismissed by the government.
The land scams are there on the very face of the law viz Roshni Act to dispose of certain encroachments. At the time of enacting this law, it was termed as a historic legislation that would not only regularise certain old encroachments but would also fetch the exchequer an amount of Rs 25000 crore.
The goverment had also claimed that this would enable the state to execute several power projects and help overcome the energy crisis, Gupta said.
"But now after six-seven years, it is being stated that only about Rs 100 crore have been recovered. This itself raises doubts, even without the CAG, and needed a serious probe," he added.
He regretted that the CAG report was presented in the assembly on the last day of the session and thus, the members were deprived of airing their views on the matter. "This time the CAG report has made some quite important observations about many flaws and wrongs committed by various government departments, which led to some discomfort in the government quarters. But to stem the wrought, it is essential to take some extra-ordinary steps, one may like or not."
Gupta said malpractices are hitting at the vitals of the society and the situation demands stern practical measures to set things right.