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Asset declaration mandatory in Meghalaya
Published on 18 Mar. 2011 12:06 AM IST
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Meghalaya government was working on a policy framework to make it mandatory for politicians, bureaucrats and government servants to declare their assets. State Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said in the Assembly today that the government was working on a policy framework to implement it at the earliest. This would help in checking corruption, the Chief Minister said. Meghalaya would be one of the few States in the country to have such a policy. Recently, Bihar made national headlines after its Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar made it mandatory for politicians and bureaucrats to declare the assets annually.
The Meghalaya Government employees must also declare their assets annually because indigenous tribals are exempted from filing Income Tax returns, so declaration of assets annually is important, he said. Stating the State Government is serious in checking corruption, Sangma further promised to overhaul the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and make it an autonomous body. Now the Chief Secretary is the ex-officio State Vigilance Commissioner (SVC).

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