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Meghalaya makes asset declaration mandatory for public servants

STAFF CORRESPONDENT

SHILLONG, June 7: All Meghalaya public servants right from the Chief Minister to a fourth grade employees will have to declare their assets. The declaration will have to go along with his/her spouse and other dependents, beneficiaries within 30 days after the approved rules are published in the state gazette.

In pursuance of the Meghalya Lok Ayukta Act, 2014, the Meghalaya Government framed the rules under legislation known as the Meghalaya Public Servants (furnishing of information and Annual returns of assets and Liabilities and the Limits for exemption of Assets in Filing Returns) Rules, 2016.

“This rule has been officially approved by the State cabinet on Tuesday and it will embodied the public servant right from the Chief Minister, ministers, councilors, bureaucrats and other public servants,” Chief Minister Mukul Sangma categorically stated.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on being questioned by The Sentinel on the leeway’s granted to the rich and powerful said, “Gone will be the days and any one with disproportiote assets will not get away”.