Himachal governor vows to check corruption

March 9th, 2012 - 6:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, March 9 (IANS) The 29-day budget session of the Himachal Pradesh assembly began here Friday with Governor Urmila Singh reiterating the government’s commitment to accountability.

Addressing the legislators, she said the Himachal Pradesh Public Services Guarantee Act of 2011, under which 12 departments have notified to ensure timely delivery of services, had been passed in the assembly.

To bring transparency in the administration and curb corruption, annual property returns of Class I and II government employees and Class III employees working on sensitive posts were being uploaded on the official websites of the departments concerned.

She said the government had enacted the Himachal Pradesh Special Courts (Attachment and Confiscation of Properties) Bill of 2011 and sent it for approval to the president.

“The monitoring of the progress of criminal cases and departmental enquiries is being done regularly at high level,” the governor said in her address.

On industrialisation, the governor said till December 2011 there were 474 medium and large industrial units and 37,935 small industrial units in the state. These units had investments of Rs.14,146 crore and provided employment to 2.61 lakh people.

“The industrial package announced by the then central government in January 2003 played a major role in industrialisation of the state. But the duration of the package was later unfortunately reduced from 2013 to 2010.”

In developing tourism infrastructure, the governor said the Asian Development Bank has sanctioned financial assistance of $9.50 crore.

“This assistance would help the state in providing international-level facilities to the tourists.”

On tapping hydropower, she said: “When this government took over four year ago, the installed capacity in the state was 6,393 MW. By the end of this financial year it’s expected to add 2,431 MW.”

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