Shimla, Mar 3 : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday said that the Government would conduct a vigilance probe against the office bearers and officers of those Gram Panchayats where the serious complaints of corruption have been registered.
Replying to a query raised by Congress leader Harash Vardhan Chauhan, Mr Thakur made this statement in the state Assembly during the question hours. He said that the complaints were pouring after direct diversion of funds by the Finance Commission to Gram Panchayats. He alleged that the Government was already conducting vigilance probe against many such ' Pardhans ' but the members of Assembly and number of people from Panchayat were trying to defend such people after terming such probe as political vendetta.
He urged the Members of House to assist the Government as it was committed to complete the probe in three months. The Chief Minister further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi while deciding to divert Finance Commission funds direct to the Gram Panchayat wanted to empower Gram Panchayat Pradhan on the analogy of Member of Assembly providing discretionary grants to them and many of them were also doing exceptional works which should not be undermine owing to the corruptions being done by few of them.
Rural Development Minister Verinder Singh Kanwar said that the Government would conduct a high level probe against the Gram Panchayat where complaints have been registered. He said that the Government would table the findings of the probe in this house after six months in the next session. He further said that the Government would take action against such Pardhan and officials who would found guilty in the probe. (UNI)