GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that his government needed people's cooperation in its fight against corruption and the sanda culture (fundraising through the collection).
The Chief Minister said this in response to the recent upsurge in the arrest of government employees in the state by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (V&AC) branch of the state police force.
Talking to the media the Chief Minister said, "The government employees are our fathers and mothers. It is time the children told their fathers and mothers not to bring home ill-gotten money. Fight against ill-gotten money should begin at home." On the sandha culture, the Chief Minister said, "We have asked the people not to raise funds for the Bihu through sanda. One will be wrong if one interprets that the sanda ban is for the Bihu, not the Durga Puja. We want to put an end to corruption and the sanda culture in the state. This task seeks cooperation from the public. And the media has an important role to play in this fight."
In his first reaction to Victor Das' allegation of corrupt practices in the recruitment process of Grade III and IV posts, the Chief Minister said, "If someone tweets and claims that people have contacted him, that's not sufficient. If questions got leaked, a question arises: from where and how? If money has exchanged hands, the questions arise: to whom and from whom? We need some concrete evidence. He pointed his accusing fingers at some former MLAs, but who they are. He could not name them. The question papers were with the SEBA."
On the recruitment examinations, the Chief Minister said, "Wait for the results. The truth willreveal itself (dudh ka dudh, pani ka pani). You will see the sons of poor villagers will get jobs. They will get means of livelihood. A few media houses and some political parties are out to derail the process for employment to one lakh youths."
He further said, "Does Assam have a dearth of brokers? Will the candidates who gave money, if at all, get the jobs? We will declare the results of the Assam Police Commando Battalion on September 15, 2022. You will see who gets the job."