Terming corruption and dynasty rule as the twin parasites infecting the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, said that eradication of these diseases was a continuous mission.
"Corruption and dynasty rule has caused unimaginable harm to our nation. It has entered our lives like a parasite and we are doing everything to eradicate it. We have got some success too, but the disease is so deep that we should keep our efforts continuing not only in the government but in all spheres. This is not a one-time step. It is like a disease which once cured, relapses times," he said.
Talking about the steps taken by his government in 'compulsorily retiring' top officials involved in corruption, he said such people have been relieved of their national duty.
"Using technology we have implemented many steps to eradicate this disease. To strengthen integrity, decency, and transparency in all spheres, we have done a lot of efforts in the last five years. Similarly, on taking power this time, the government has removed 'high officials' in various departments. People halting our mission, they have been told that they can go about their business, the nation does not need them anymore," he added.
On June 18, Modi government cracked down on corruption by compulsorily retiring 15 senior officers of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, as per top finance ministry sources.
Sources had claimed that most of the senior officers with cases related to bribery, disproportionate assets, wrongful value declaration of goods filed against them.
Previously on June 10, the Modi government had compulsorily retired 12 top government officials who were either charged or accused with multiple cases ranging from disproportionate assets, tax evasions, corruption charges, sexual harassment to disciplinary proceedings to name a few charges. Most of them are in the rank of Chief Commissioners, Principal Commissioners, Commissioners of Income Tax department, according to Finance Ministry sources.
With India celebrating its 73rd Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation from the Red Fort in New Delhi and hoisted the national flag. Beginning his speech by paying tribute to the martyrs and those who fought for the freedom of the nation, and then gave a 10-week report card of his new government, which he said has taken various steps in different spheres, laying particular emphasis on the Triple Talaq law and the abrogation of Article 370.