Government investigating jobs on chit scam, says Dhumal

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Shimla, May 24 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today said the State Vigilance and Anti Corruption Bureau (SV&ACB) was investigating ''jobs on chit'' scam during the previous Congress Government's tenure.

Talking to reporters here, he said all necessary documents were being collected in the "jobs on chit scam" to ensure that the case could withstand the ''scrutiny of the law''.

Mr Dhumal said the government would investigate all charges levelled against the previous government in its chargesheet presented to the state Governor last year.

The charges levelled by former tourism minister Vijai Singh Mankotia against the previous government would also be investigated subject to availability of documentary evidence, he said.

''My government will not act in vengence and take up every case of corruption on merit as per the law of the land,'' he added.

He said the Congress had also failed to convince the public as to the reasons for its defeat in the last assembly elections and added that the performance of the present four month old BJP Government was better than the five-year tenure of the previous government.

The government during its four month period had taken decisions for the benefit for every section of the society that had helped the weaker sections of the society, he said.

The Chief Minister also refuted the claims of the previous Congress Government on carbon credits and other issues, saying it was misleading the people of the state.

He said the state government had also urged the Centre to lift ban on issuing new LPG connections in the state, besides continuing with the rice allotment quota for APL families under PDS system.

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