Nitish calls Anna `saint`

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday termed Anna Hazare a `saint` and asked JD(U)leaders and workers to take lesson from his fast, which entered the ninth day today, and remain vigilant to check corruption.

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2011, 19:27 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Wednesday termed Anna Hazare a `saint` and asked JD(U)leaders and
workers to take lesson from his fast, which entered the ninth
day today, and remain vigilant to check corruption.

``A saint like Anna Hazare has jolted the UPA government
at the Centre by sitting on a fast in Delhi for a strong Jan
Lokpal,`` Kumar said addressing a meeting of party officer
bearers from districts, senior leaders and workers here.

``I call upon all of you to remain vigilant ... work
unitedly to root out corruption from all levels,`` he said.

He said the state government would organise a camp on
August 27 to distribute money directly to beneficiaries for
construction of houses under Indira Awas Yojana at every
block.

``We have to eliminate middlemen responsible for
corruption under IAY,`` he said adding JD(U) workers would
have to ensure that the money reached genuine beneficiaries.

Kumar also asked JD(U) workers to create awareness
among the people against corruption and campaign intensively
to highlight the benefits of the Right to Service Act
implemented on August 15 in the state to check corruption in
public utility services.

PTI