Mizoram claims to curb corrupt officials with an iron hand
Mizoram has been reeling under the burden of corrupt officials for many years now. On November 2014, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla read out before the state assembly the names, designation and charges against 25 gazetted officers in Mizoram — including an Additional Inspector General of Police, a Director and Deputy Director of major departments and senior government engineers including a Chief Engineer — who were being investigated by the vigilance department on various corruption charges.
As per the statement of Mizoram Home Minister R Lalzirliana on Monday, the State government had taken several effective measures against corrupt officials as part of the government's commitment to uproot corruption in the state.
Interacting with the media, Lalzirliana informed that out of a total 1606 corruption cases taken up by the departmental proceedings, 1441 cases were disposed off with 1223 governmental officials being punished since 2008 till date.
He also informed that out of the 211 cases that were disposed by the Anti Corruption Bureau, 154 officials were awarded punishment during the same period.
It may be noted that in 2015, the Anti Corruption Watchdog had slammed the Mizoram government over bail to a graft accused. Nine people were accused in a graft case linked to the Tuipanglui and Kau-Tlabung mini-hydro electric projects, an anti-corruption watchdog had slammed the state government over the same.
A statement by the People's Right to Information and Development Society of Mizoram (PRISM) criticised the state government for allowing the anticipatory bail pleas of nine engineers indicted in the multi-crore hydro-electricity project scam.
The Aizawl-based organisation charged that the Congress government in Mizoram was "condemning corruption only verbally but protecting the corrupt people".