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Sarbananda Sonowal for a new law to assess property of ministers, MLAs

 Sarbananda Sonowal for a new law to assess property of ministers, MLAs

In an effort to bring in transparency in governance, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday has asked chief secretary V K Pipersenia to prepare modalities for framing a legislation to assess property of ministers, MLAs, government officers, former ministers, former MLAs and retired officers.
 
Sonowal in a statement said the new legislation will add more teeth to weed out corrupt practices and will recommend stringent action like confiscation of property if property disproportionate to their known sources of income is found.
 
Sonowal also directed that a system should be put in place where in all grade-I and grade-II officers of the state government will have to submit their property return (immovable) within December 31.
 
If such law is enacted the same will have to be supervised by some Gr.I officer .
 
Officers of the Public Sector Undertakings and autonomous bodies will also come within the ambit of the new system.
 
All grade-I and grade-II officers have to submit their property return up to June 30 by August 31, 2016, the statement said. Officers failed to comply with the new rules will invite stringent action like denial of timely promotion, bank loan and pass port among others, it added.

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