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Speaker to overhaul Assembly secretariat

By Our Staff Reporter

BANGALORE, OCT. 4. Perturbed by the growing number of complaints of irregularities in purchases, and recruitment of excess staff in the Legislative Assembly secretariat in violation of the norms, the Speaker, Krishna, today said he was contemplating creating a vigilance cell to investigate such charges and initiating action against the officials responsible for the wrongdoing.

Speaking to presspersons, who met him in his chambers at the Vidhana Soudha, Mr. Krishna said that in future no appointment or purchase could be effected in the secretariat without a foolproof procedure and he would consult experienced people in administration to formulate a mechanism for the purpose. The process would start in a few days. He said that as one who wanted to uphold the rules and procedures, he could not be a silent spectator to the goings-on in the Assembly secretariat.

Referred to CoD

Asked about the allegations by an organisation of Dalits and some others, the Speaker clarified that it was his duty to look into the allegations published in newspapers and find out if they were true. He had referred the allegations to the Corps of Detectives for an inquiry. "I have not ordered an investigation," he clarified.

He said that no officer in the secretariat had denied the allegations of irregularities, but they had pleaded that it had been the convention to carry out whatever the Speaker told them, even if the instructions were oral.

Any appointment should have the concurrence of the Finance Department. Without that it amounted to misuse of authority. He was looking into the whole issue in an impartial manner.

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