Won’t tolerate nepotism, corruption: Sonowal

Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Countering the charges emanating from the Opposition ranks in recent months about proliferation of syndicates in the State and about alleged corruption in some government schemes, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said that his regime will not tolerate nepotism or financial mismanagement in any area.Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s address in the Legislative Assembly, Sonowal also called upon the Opposition to refrain from “opening up the chapter of corruption” and alluded that previous governments in the State were not entirely spotless as far as corruption is concerned.

“Opposition has talked about alleged syndicates in coal and about corruption in the Agriculture department. Let me state it categorically that we are committed to the people of Assam and I did not become the Chief Minister of the State to do anything to shake the trust bestowed upon me by the 3.3 crore citizens of Assam,” said Sonowal.

He added, “I urge the Opposition not to open the chapter on corruption. Or else a long history will emerge. Have faith in us. We will deal with corruption. People of the State have reposed their faith in our government. I want to tell the Opposition that there is no use opposing our government.”

He said the State government is working towards improving the work culture and curbing corruption and nepotism is among the priorities, while calling upon the Opposition “not to try and hinder our good work.”

“This government believes in values. All the ministers are performing to the best of their ability,” said the Chief Minister.

Sonowal also urged the Opposition parties, not to create any panic on the NRC update issue by making controversial statements.

On the law and order front, the Chief Minister said that police has in recent times demonstrated professionalism in dealing with any tight situation and pointed to recent instances where kidnap victims have been traced and rescued unharmed within hours.

He said a mini-Secretariat would be set up at Silchar so that people from the far-flung districts of the Barak Valley do not have to travel to Guwahati for bureaucratic work.

An Assam Civil Service (ACS) Training Centre would be set up at Umrangso.

He added that three new bridges over the Barak river and five over the Brahmaputra river have been sanctioned.

“Since the day our government assumed office, we have moved ahead taking into confidence every section of the society. There is no discrimination against anyone. We are committed to act with transparency and set an example for others,” said Sonowal, adding that his regime is following the ideals of Siu-Ka-Pha and Lokapriya Gopinath Bardoloi.

“Do not be apprehensive. This government will not bow to corruption. If we lose the battle against corruption, then we will lose everything. We will not allow that to happen,” said Sonowal.

Talking about the Advantage Assam Summit, the Chief Minister said the event has showcased the potentials that exist in this region before the world.

Calling upon the Opposition to cooperate with the government, Sonowal said everybody must work together as part of ‘Team Assam’.

Source : http://assamtribune.com