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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Special corruption courts in Bihar

The Bihar state cabinet approved the constitution of special courts for corruption cases against all state public servants (people who draw salary from the state government).

Bihar has been plagued by corruption over the years in every part of the public services. Some of the corruption stories I have heard are
  1. PWD engineers going to office only 2-3 times a month and most of the time to collect their salaries and other TA/DAs and sign the attendance register.
  2. People in positions of power taking money from potential candidates for recruitments into government jobs. E.g. someone was asked to pay 2 lakhs to get a havaldar's job, some years back.
  3. Bribes taken from pensioners to release their pension amounts.
  4. Bureaucrats and other government functionaries taking money for any action requested by the common people.
  5. Corruption in the police, judiciary, bureaucracy, politicians... ever aspect of Bihar's state functionaries.
The biggest roadblock for Nitish Kumar in trying to improve Bihar besides shortage of investments in the state, is the corruption prevailing in the state. Corruption doesn't seem to have gone done even after so much effort has gone into Bihar's development. If anything else, many state functionaries in the last 4 years or so have made more money than ever before because money was being invested into the state. Hence reducing corruption is an important and herculean effort that has to be taken up.

This new step will hopeful go a long way in reducing corruption in the state and thereby increasing the prosperity of the state.

More details can be read in the article Bihar to get special corruption courts

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