Opposition Congress on Friday demanded Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh's resignation following Lokayukta's statement that government lacked the political will to act against corruption.
Chief Lokayukta Justice LC Bhadu has written on the issues pertaining to corruption in the preface to the annual report of the Lok Aayog.
"Despite setting up several committees, departments and commissions, corruption is growing... (Indian statesman) Kautilya had said it is difficult to know when a fish drinks water. Similarly, it is difficult to detect when a public servant indulges in bribery," Bhadu has said in the report.
"But now, there are innumerable fish in the pond and each of them wants to drink as much water as it can. However, efforts from the state as well as central government against corruption do not look sufficient and it seems that corrupt people are directly or indirectly being saved," he has stated.
He further said many complaints of corruption and ill-governance are received by the Lok Aayog. "However, the Lok Aayog has no solution to it as it does not possess powers to take up these cases."
Coming down heavily on the administration, he said "when an order of the Lok Aayog reaches the secretariat, instead of acting against a tainted public servant, attempts are initiated to nullify the order."
What caused further embarassment to the BJP-led Raman Singh government was senior cabinet minister Nanki Ram Kanwar's remark that Bhadu's comments must have been based on reality.
Senior Congress leader and president of state party Nandkumar Patel said the chief Lokayukta's comments indicate that the state government is helping the corrupt people.