RAIPUR: Former chief minister Ajit Jogi, who is a bureaucrat-turned-politician, has expressed a deep concern over the alleged massive corruption by the bureaucracy in a small state like Chhattisgarh. The Raman Singh government celebrating the completion of 14 years of rule and good governance in the state is alleged to have lost control over the bureaucracy.
“During the euphoria of celebration, the BJP government has conveniently ignored the records showing as many as 94 bureaucrats including IAS and IPS who are facing serious complaint cases on corruption. The state is ruled by civil servants. And during the last five years the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) had unearth fraudulent practices and
wrongdoings by bureaucrats to the tune of Rs 282 crore in Chhattisgarh”, the 71-year-old former Congress leader, who floated his own regional outfit 'Janta Congress Chhattisgarh' in June 2016, told the Express.
He said that the state government has also “failed to deliver on various fronts”.
However the ruling BJP countered citing that the trajectory of high growth and extensive development as seen in Chhattisgarh reflect the vision of the state government and its the bureaucracy that has to accomplish the plans. “The mission of the government remains the welfare of the masses and the progress of the state. And if any corruption is reported the government never hesitate to take prompt action, whosoever the person might be”, said Siraj, a senior member of the BJP state media team.
The Chhattisgarh government early this year told the state Assembly that since 2013 various complaints against 23 IAS and 6 IFS (Indian Forest Service) officers were registered with Lok Ayog, anti-corruption bureau and EOW.