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Mawlai legislator hails cabinet decision

FROM A REPORTER

SHILLONG, June 9:  Mawlai legislator Embhahlang B Syiemlieh has welcomed the State cabinet decision to approve the Meghalaya Public Servants (Furnishing of Information and Annual Return of Assets and Liabilities and the Limits for Exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2016 whereby the public servants, MLAs, MDCs including the Chief Minister and his cabinet Ministers have to declare their assets. “The approval of this Rule is a positive step since every public servant irrespective of their position have to declare their assets and this will surly help in curbing corruption from the state,” Syiemlieh told reporter here on Thursday.

He however said that the state government has taken too long to make the Rule into an Act. “The government should have made this Rule into an Act earlier so that it stop and tackle the problem of corruption in the state and for me this Rule should have been approved last year so that the people can judge the officers and politicians involved in corruption ,” he said.

The state government approved the Rule since it is required for the implementation of the Lokayuta Act. 2014 which the state government had already received the assent of the Governor.

As per the Act, all public servants within 30 days of joining office will have to declare their assets.

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