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DAVANAGERE: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Friday that the state government will consider all projects proposed by previous governments, including those finalized during the congressional regime. He was reacting to a media question about a congressional delegation meeting with Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot and demanding the president’s reign in Karnataka “against endemic corruption”.
Calling ridiculous the complaint filed by Congress against Gehlot, demanding the dismissal of the state government, Bommai said: “Considering the particular interest of Congress in the percentage of tenders issued for civil works , those approved during their regimen will also be screened, “he added.
Tackling the opposition party, Bommai said its leaders were the creators of the percentage (bribe) culture.
“A video clip of a conversation between two congressional leaders whispering about the commission had recently gone viral. It was also broadcast on TV channels. This clearly indicates that they launched the “threat of commission”. They increased it every time they came to power. All entrepreneurs are aware of this. Congress submitting a memorandum to the governor for a joke, ”Bommai thundered.
The CM said the letter from the Karnataka State Entrepreneurs Association to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging widespread corruption was unclear and that development work was not mentioned in it.
“I ordered an investigation into their charges. Now Congress is interested in the issue. So I’m going to ask the Chief Secretary today to review all tenders finalized by congressional-led governments in Karnataka. “
Bommai said it has been possible to expose corrupt officials through recent raids by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and that the clean-up of the administrative process has gained momentum. “It will continue,” he added for good measure.
After Bommai asked officials to review the approved bids after taking office as CM, Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar on Friday asked the Water Resources Department’s Additional Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh to review the question and submit a report. Kumar ordered Singh to examine whether there were any irregularities in the offers over 10 crore rupees that were approved and immediately submit a report.
Citing allegations made by the contractors association in his letter to the prime minister, Bommai on Thursday asked the chief secretary to ask the additional chief secretaries and senior secretaries of minor and major irrigation of the public works department, from the Panchayat Raj Engineering Department, Health Department and also the Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to review the allegations.
“From the day I took office as chief minister, all major works assigned in these departments must be examined and a detailed investigation must be carried out whenever irregularities are found,” Bommai said in his letter to Kumar.
Relief from crop losses
Regarding crop losses due to recent untimely rains across the state, Bommai said an investigation to estimate losses in each district is underway.
“Rice and jowar in northern Karnataka and ragi, rice and vegetable crops in southern Karnataka have been the most affected. The finance secretary was ordered to release the compensation within 24 hours of uploading the investigation reports on the Parihara app, ”Bommai said, adding that his government would submit a memorandum to the Union government. requesting financial assistance after writing a full report.