Pithoragarh, January 6
Former Chief of the Indian Army and now a companion of social activist Anna Hazare in his movement against corruption, General VK Singh (retd) will visit the Kumaon region to awaken the people of the region on the issue of rampant corruption in the county.

This was stated by PC Thapaliyal, spokesperson of the Uttarakhand Purva Sainik and Ardh Sainik Sanyukt Sangathan here today.
Thapaliyal on a visit to the region along with sangathan president SS Pangti, who is a retired IAS officer, said after his visit to Srinagar and Dehradun on December 14 and 15 last year, Gen Singh (retd) now wanted to organise ex-servicemen, retired paramilitary personnel, women and youths of the region for the campaign against corruption. “We have had contacts with like-minded people during our visit to the Didihat, Munsiyari, Haldwani Almora and US Nagar districts of the region and hopes are high to get support from these classes in the campaign launched by Anna Hazare,” said Thapliyal.
Pangti said the rulers of the state were involved in rampant corrupt practices in the name of domicile status, mining of minor minerals and liquor tenders.
He said the fight against corruption had to take a firm seat as the common man was getting nothing out of these. “If the nation has to be a great nation, then we will have to be cautious of corrupt practises that new leaders are indulging in,” added Pangti.

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