Even as the state is still recovering from the scar of the APSSB job scam, yet another allegation of cash-for-job scam in the recruitment of nursing officers under the National Health Mission has emerged in Lohit district. The special investigation cell (SIC) of the state police has registered a suo moto case in this regard. Hopefully, it will conduct a thorough investigation. It is still early days, but repeated allegations of corruption in job recruitment are hurting the image of the state government. The ruling BJP under the leadership of Chief Minister Pema Khandu has publicly taken a strong stand against corruption. However, not much has changed, with the percentage culture, especially in the works departments, still alleged to be prevalent.
It looks like the officials at the ground level as well as the top bureaucrats at the civil secretariat are not following the words of the CM. No wonder that allegations of corruption still keep pouring in. The chief minister has exhibited some kind of sincerity in tackling the corruption issue. It’s time he starts taking tough action. The people of the state are still waiting to see what kind of action the state government will take against the people involved in the APSSB scam, the Trans-Arunachal Highway compensation scam, etc. The state government is yet to make public the finding of the two-member high-power inquiry committee on the APSSB job scam. The committee reportedly has probed the role of senior IAS officers. This kind of attitude has raised a question mark over the sincerity of the state government in tackling corruption.