HP Government to probe all supply orders by previous government

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Shimla, Jan 16 (UNI) Reiterating the BJP government's zero tolerance against corruption, Himachal Pradesh's Civil Supplies Minister Ramesh Dhawala today said that an enquiry will soon be ordered to look into the supply orders carried out during the previous Congress government's regime.

''Besides, the tenders that have been submitted for procurement in the Civil Supplies Corporation will also be put under scrutiny,'' he told reporters here.

Mr Dhawala said in a bid to check alleged malpractices and ensure transparency in government functioning, the working of government officials right from the top to bottom in the official hierarchy, including himself would be put under vigil.

''People have expressed faith in our policies and programmes and we will ensure that best services are rendered to them in coming days. Providing quality product to the people through a better and stronger public distribution system (PDS) will remain our priority,'' Mr Dhawala said.

He said the tenders submitted during the previous government's period for the latest procurement wold be scrutinised and comparison with market rates would be made.

Negotiations would also be held to ensure best quality products were procured at a minimal cost, Mr Dhawala added.

Maintaining that the Rs 100 crore subsidy given by the previous Congress Government would not be scrapped, he said that subsidy was not a permanent solution for controlling price hike instead it was the sky scraping inflation in the country that needed to be controlled.

''We will take all available measures within our command to check price rise, but the ultimate onus of controlling the rising inflation is over the Union government.

The price rise was effectively kept under check during the regime of NDA government in the centre for six long years, following those lines the present UPA government should also adopt pro-people policies and control the inflation,'' Mr Dhawala said.

Assuring best delivery of services to the consumer, the Civil Supplies Minister said that misuse of Kerosene oil and gas cylinders would be curbed in the state.

''It has come to my knowledge that around 20 per cent of Kerosene oil across the state is being misused for commercial purpose instead of domestic use.

Besides reports of selling underweight gas cylinders and usage of domestic gas cylinders for commercial purpose are of serious concern,'' he added.

Mr Dhawala said the state government would not show any leniency against people who were found carrying out unlawful activities.

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