Patna: In a bold move to weed out corruption,
the Bihar government will soon enact a law, making it
mandatory for state agencies to extend services to people
within a stipulated time frame, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Tuesday said.
"We will soon bring the Right to Service Bill so that the
government and its agencies extend services to people within a
stipulated time frame," Kumar told reporters here.
He said the proposed legislation would come in handy in
weeding out red-tape and corruption.
For example, Kumar said people used to suffer a lot in
obtaining income certificates, depositing bills and other
services related to transport department.
"The new legislation will fix accountability and
responsibility of officials for reaching the services required
by the people," he said.
"It is the right of the people to avail services to be
provided by the state government and its agencies and lapses
on the part of officials in discharge of their obligations
will amount to violation of proposed act," Kumar said.
Referring to his election promise that the state
government would ensure confiscation of property of corrupt
public servants and run schools there, he said applications
were being filed by the prosecution agency in this connection.
Kumar said a Common Minimum Programme for governance
would be evolved for the next five years after the winter
session of the state legislature that will end on December 9.
The Chief Minister said he would resume his popular
`Janata Ke Darbar men Mukhyamantri` programme to get a
first-hand account of problems facing the common man.
He also pledged to implement all the promises he made
during his election campaign in accordance with his party`s