Corruption major bottleneck in Bihar: Nitish

Describing corruption as the major bottleneck in the state`s development, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that his government would not tolerate the menace and launch a crusade against it.

Last Updated: Dec 08, 2010, 00:08 AM IST

Patna: Describing corruption as the major
bottleneck in the state`s development, Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said that his government would not tolerate
the menace and launch a crusade against it.

Replying to a debate on thanks giving motion to the
Governor`s address to joint-sitting of the legislature, Kumar
told the Assembly that ill-gotten money and palatial building
of corrupt persons would be confiscated.

Government schools would be opened in such buildings,
he said.

Seeking the Opposition`s cooperation in his "war
against corruption", Kumar said action against those found
guilty were being initiated under the new Anti-Corruption Act.

"The decision to bring the corrupt persons to the book
has the sanction of the people of Bihar... Action against the
corrupt would be initiated without vendetta," he said.

Pitching for special category status to Bihar, Kumar
said an unanimous resolution in this regard was adopted by
both Houses of the legislature way back in 2006 and since
then, he had written several letters to the prime minister
seeking appointment to discuss the issue.

But the PM was yet to give the appointment, he said.
"No government at the Centre can last long ignoring
the interests of resurgent Bihar," he said.

The chief minister asked the MLAs to put pressure for
according the special category status -- a demand that he has
been pressing for the past couple of years.

The special category status would attract private
investments to the state since the investors would be entitled
to several concessions, including concession in central taxes.

PTI