Himachal to enact law for confiscating illegally acquired property

Shimla: With politicians of all hues under fire over corruption, the Himachal government has proposed to bring forth a legislation that would permit confiscation of property acquired through illegal means.

Before the budget session ended on Friday, chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in a suo motto statement let the house know that the proposed bill would be brought forth in the next (monsoon) session.

“The objective is to make the state free of corruption,” said Dhumal.

Endorsing the mass movement launched by social activist Anna Hazare, whose is on an indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi for a stronger anti-corruption Lokpal bill, he said “the movement launched by Hazare was an eye opener”.

Corruption is a national issue and there need not be any politics about it, which all legislators should jointly fight it,” he said.

Dhumal statement comes in the backdrop of former chief minister and union minister of micro, small and medium enterprises Virbhadra Singh, last week, had launched a broadside against the state government about alleged rampant corruption prevailing around.

The state government also came under fire in the session over misuse of Apartment Act. Pointing out gross violations in giving clearances to colonizers for permitting housing projects in forested areas, including in the capital, opposition congress had nailed the issue forcing a re-think.

Led by chief minister the house on Friday authorized the speaker to constitute a committee that will review the Apartment Act, 2005 and suggest whether it needs to be amended or repealed.

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