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Nitish Kumar`s anti-corruption drive: 576 corrupt officials to be axed

Last Updated: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 09:08

Zee Media Bureau

Patna: Nitish Kumar led-Janata Dal (United) government in Bihar on Wednesday ordered dismissal of corrupt officers from service even if they secure reprieve from a court.

Corrupt officials in Bihar will not get protection in the state and have to face punishment even if they secure reprieve from a court, as the state government Wednesday ordered dismissal of corrupt officers from service within two months.
The government would dismiss more than 200 corrupt officers and employees on the charge of corruption within the next two months, Sinha said in a statement here after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

"The chief minister has directed speedier action against corrupt officials and ordered dismissal of all of them within two months after completing departmental proceedings and other formalities," Chief Secretary AK Sinha told mediapersons.
"The sword of suspension is hanging on the heads of 576 corrupt officials," he told reporters after the meeting.

Nitish Kumar held a video conference with all the district magistrates and superintendents of police here to enquire about corruption cases involving public servants and speedy trial in such cases.

A vigilance officer would be appointed in every department and in districts, a civil official and one police official would be authorised as vigilance officials who would work under vigilance commissioner, he said.

The CM said whistle blowers on corruption would be rewarded and helpline service in every department should start within 15 days.

The CM observed during the meeting that while in other places corruption runs from top to lower level, in Bihar corruption is prevailing at lower layer.

Sinha said Nitish Kumar also ordered the setting up of a local unit on the lines of the vigilance bureau or the economic offences unit to deal with corruption cases. "He has directed strengthening of the vigilance bureau or economic offences unit on the lines of CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) to fight against corruption in the state," he said.

"Nitish Kumar is hell bent on punishing corrupt officials in a record time. It will help to restore the common man`s faith in governance," an official said.

First Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 09:08

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