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Work in progress in Maharashtra: Law to root out corruption

In a bid to rein in corrupt government officials, the Maharashtra government will enact an independent law to seize the properties of the accused.

mumbai Updated: Jul 30, 2015 16:28 IST
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In a bid to rein in corrupt government officials, the Maharashtra government will enact an independent law to seize the properties of the accused. Taking cue from Bihar, the state will have a new law in the winter session of the assembly to ensure officials are not able to dispose their properties when they are under the scanner.

Calling corruption a menace that has severely afflicted the government, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Legislative Council on Wednesday that the government is serious about curbing this menace.

“In the present system, we have seen many officials disposing their properties, when cases are going on against them. The new law will disallow any sale and allow the government to get hold of these properties. We will give back the property if the person is found innocent,” said Fadnavis.

The draft of the new law has already been prepared and the home ministry is vetting the proposal. The final draft will be tabled in the winter session.

The discussion arose as members of the Legislative Council expressed concerns over the large-scale corruption among the government officials.

It has been seen that many officials operate with impunity despite being inquired into or being caught red-handed in illegal activities. NCP legislator Vidya Chavan lamented that the officials took bribes despite getting good salaries.

Fadnavis said his government has started various initiatives such as making it mandatory for all officials to declare their assets. “Not everyone has complied with the order till now and we will shortly review the situation,” he added.

The chief minister said one of the ways to do away with corruption was to reduce human intervention. “We are now focusing on e-governance, where people can avail basic services without having to meet officials,” he added.