If the state government has its way, then all its employees will have to disclose their assets in the public domain. The step is being taken to bring in more transparency n the system. To bring in more transparency, the state plans to make it mandatory for government employees to declare their assets. A final decision will be taken only after consulting all the government employees’ unions. The same was informed by State Chief Secretary J P Dange. The issue was raised by social worker Anna Hazare at a recent meeting with chief minister Ashok Chavan. Though the chief minister has directed the officials concerned to take up the issue, Chavan told Hazare that the final decision would depend on the outcome of its discussion with the employees’ union, the official added. Hazare’s demand assumes significance as the state anti-corruption bureau in February arrested an assistant director in the town planning division of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation for demanding and accepting Rs 15 lakh bribe. The ACB sleuths, in their investigation, found that official has amassed crores of rupees. Last month, during the budget session, the state government had announced that all IAS and IPS officers in the state would have to declare all information, including their assets, online, to make the system more transparent. Minister of state for home Ramesh Bagwe had made this announcement, while replying to a debate on the non-official bill, to curb the corruption in the state. However, over a month after the announcement, no constructive steps have been taken by the government. Dange said the government was working towards implementing the announcement. Bureau report – NMTV News.
November 19, 2008