Bihar govt scraps fund allocation under LAD for legislators

state Planning and Development departments have been tasked with formulating an alternative scheme for LAD.

Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010, 21:43 PM IST

Patna: Aiming to weed out corruption,
Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar Tuesday decided to scrap
the existing allocation of funds for Local Area Development
(LAD) scheme for MLAs and MLCs in the state.

A decision to this effect, was taken at a meeting of the
state cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at
the state secretariat in which Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Kumar Modi was also present, state Cabinet department
Principal Secretary Afzal Amanullah told reporters.

The decision will come in force on April 1, 2011.

Kumar had raised the issue at a meeting of the
legislators belonging to NDA recently.

Amanullah said the cabinet had on December 10 decided in
principle to scrap allocation of LAD funds for MLAs and MLCs.

He said the state Planning and Development departments
had been tasked with formulating an alternative scheme for
LAD.

The meeting also decided to obtain Rs 1000 crore soft
loan from World Bank for the Kosi Flood Recovery Project for
ensuring reconstruction of houses, besides strengthening of
flood management capacity and livelihood.

The meeting discussed the roadmap for good governance for
making Bihar a developed state by pursuing the development
with justice by 2015 and ensuring empowerment of women, he
said.

PTI