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Mizoram Takes Steps To Ensure Accountability

A Model State in Mizoram. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

IMPHAL, Jan 25: By empowering an independent committee to probe the graft charges against Ministers and even the Chief Minister, the Government of Mizoram has taken up some practical steps to ensure accountability in governance.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla stated that the noble initiative is aimed at checking corruption in the State.

The independent committee comprises of senior citizens, church leaders and women NGOs. Its chairman is retired IAS officer V Raltawn.

Significantly, the committee has been named Ethics Committee. The committee is already probing corruption cases and cases related to misappropriation of public funds, informed Lalthanhawla during an interaction with The Sangai Express in his Aizawl office some days back.

If the committee has any suspicion, they may initiate a probe against the Chief Minister and other Ministers.

They are also authorized to conduct enquiries over public servants and publish their findings to the public.

Talking about the Tipaimukh Multi Purpose Project being planned by the Centre at the confluence of Tuivai and Barak rivers at the border between Manipur and Mizoram, the Mizoram Chief Minister stated that he would like to resolve all objections at the earliest.

In line with the Government of India‘s ban on smoking in public places, the Indian Society for Anti-Tobacco, Mizoram Chapter headed by the Chief Minister’s wife Lalrianli has been undertaking an intensive campaign to dissuade people from smoking and chewing tobacco products in public places and offices.

Incidentally, Mizoram is one of the States with record of cancer infection caused by smoking and consumption of other tobacco products, informed a high level official of the Government of Mizoram.

The committee headed by Lalrianli has women leaders, church leaders, NGOs, police and judicial officers as its members. The committee succeeded in pulling up 500 persons for smoking and chewing tobacco products in public places last year. All these defaulters were penalized with fines. In case, any of the defaulters refuse to mend their ways at the advice of the committee, they would be taken into police custody in addition to imposing fines, the official added. Notably, Mizoram has been recorded as having high rate of cancer infection,    mainly hypopharynx cancer, tongue cancer, stomach cancer and oesophageal cancer.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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