In a yet another grand ‘surgical strike’ on corruption within the nation, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made a surprise check at 150 places across the country on Friday, officials informed. The objective behind the drive by the central agency was to diagnose corruption in the country.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken about providing ease of living to every citizen of the country. The central agency’s this surprise drive is considered as one of the acts in tandem with PM Modi’s vision of providing each citizen the ease of living. The places which were in the target list of the CBI included majorly those where the common men and the small businessmen face the maximum pinch of corruption, officials informed.
These places included Railways, Medical & Health Care Organisation, Coal Mines & Coal Fields, Directorate of States, GST department, Customs department, Municipal Corporation, Food Corporation of India, National Highways, Fire Services, Airport Authority of India (AAI), BSNL, Directorate of Foreign Trades, Financial Institution, Shipping Corporation, National Highways, etc. The central agency was at a look out of possible instances of corruption and the measures it may plan to tackle it.
The cities where these surprise checks took place by the CBI included Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Dehradun, Guwahati, Gandhinagar, Goa, Ghaziabad, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jabalpur, Kolkata, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Patna, Pune, Ranchi, Shimla, Shillong & Srinagar. The CBI officials refused to reveal if this drive was the first in Srinagar after the abrogation of Article 370 & 35A in the state.
The exercise was conducted only in the departments/offices working under central government as the agency did not have the mandate to carry such exercises in the state undertakings. The central agency could only exercise such surprise drives in the state undertakings if it has the order/notification issued by the state government or the agency has the order from High Court or the Supreme Court.
(With inputs from News Agencies)