Nitish govt to scrap LAD funds for legislators

In a move to weed out corruption, the Nitish Kumar government on Friday decided to scrap the existing allocation of funds for Local Area Development (LAD) scheme for MLAs and MLCs in Bihar, in principle.

Updated: Dec 10, 2010, 18:49 PM IST

Patna: In a move to weed out corruption,
the Nitish Kumar government on Friday decided to scrap the
existing allocation of funds for Local Area Development (LAD)
scheme for MLAs and MLCs in Bihar, in principle.

A decision to this effect, which would help in raising
a consolidated amount for a major development scheme, was
taken at a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by Chief
Minister Kumar at the state secretariat in which Deputy Chief
Minister Sushil Kumar Modi was also present, a senior official
said.
Kumar had raised the issue at a meeting of the
legislators belonging to NDA recently.

Briefing reporters about the decision taken at the
about two-hour long meeting, state cabinet and coordination
department`s Principal Secretary Afzal Amanullah said the
cabinet decided in principle to scrap allocation of LAD funds
for MLAs and MLCs.

"The next cabinet meeting scheduled to take place on
December 14 will discuss an alternative scheme", Amanullah
said, adding the decision was taken in the light of charges
of corruption being raised from time to time from several
quarters.

Amanullah said the cabinet accepted recommendations of
the Padmanabhan Committee for Bihar Judicial Service (BJS)
officers on grant of benefits, allowances and other
facilities.

The cabinet also appointed state ministers, who will
be now the minister-in-charge cum chairman of the respective
districts, with immediate effect.
According to the new notification, Deputy Chief
Minister S K Modi would be minister in-charge cum Chairman of
Patna district, while his senior colleague Vijay Kumar
Choudhary would be the new minister in-charge for Bhojpur,
Buzar.

Vijendra Yadav would be the new minister in-charge for
Araria and Kishanganj and N K Yadav the new minister in-charge
for Vaishali and Muzaffapur.

PTI