Nitish makes it mandatory for Babus to declare assets
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Last Updated: Friday, December 10, 2010, 00:07
Patna: In an initiative towards weeding out corruption, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday made it mandatory for public servants to declare their assets every year.

"Circulars have been issued to the Grade I to Grade III public servants, making it mandatory for them to declare their assets every year," Kumar told reporters.

He said his cabinet colleagues have also decided to declare their assets.

Listing priorities before the government after NDA pulled off a landslide victory in Bihar, Kumar said he would soon meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking the Centre's help for 'Mission Develop Bihar'.

"The Prime Minister has congratulated me on the victory and also promised full cooperation and support... there are several issues to which the Centre's support is required and I will rake up the issues during my meeting with the PM," he said.

Kumar was apparently referring to his demand for special category status to Bihar and removal of restrictions on manufacturing ethanol from sugarcane juice.

He hoped that the Centre would fully cooperate with the NDA government in making Bihar one of the most developed states in India by 2015.

Referring to the nine-day winter session of the two houses of the state legislature, which was adjourned sine die today, he said the session was short because it was called under constitutional obligations, following formation of a new government.

"We will soon be convening the budget session for presenting full budget for 2011-12 for Bihar... it will be quite a long session", he said.

He reiterated the state government would bring a new legislation in the form of Right to Service bill for helping people in the matters related to public utilities.

Advocating that provisions for allocation of funds for local area development of legislatures should be scrapped, the chief minister said the department concerned should be engaged for development of their constituencies.

He said he had raised the issue during the meeting of National Democratic Alliance and several senior leaders had lent support to him in this connection.

Kumar said the consolidated amount of this head could be utilised for the purpose of executing major development projects.

Referring to the demand for rechristening Patna as Patliputra, Kumar said he did think it was appropriate at this stage.

Pointing out that Madras was rechristened as Chennai to meet the long -standing demand of people, Kumar referred to the issue of naming the new rail station near Digha at Patna as Patliputra rail station.


First Published: Friday, December 10, 2010, 00:07

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