Strong Lokayukta Bill in Winter Session: Bihar CM



Patna: Undeterred by criticism of the draft Lokayukta bill, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday said his government would bring 'a strong' bill in the forthcoming winter session of the two houses of Bihar legislature.

"We have zero tolerance policy against corruption. We will be bring a strong bill in the winter session for constitution of the Lokayukta. I don't thing there will any room for criticism of our effort," he said.

A three-member ministerial committee head by Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi was finetuning the draft, Kumar told reporters after releasing the report card of his government for the sixth consecutive year here.

He said he had convened an all-party meeting to elicit opinion from all opposition parties before finanalising the draft.

The chief minister said the details of movable and immovable properties of his own, ministers, bureaucrats and public servants had been posted on the government website.

He said that six special courts had been set up under the Bihar Special Courts Act and Rules for confiscation of disproportionate assets of public servants.

Kumar said district level flying squads of civil and police personnel had been constituted and given special training to deal with corruption cases.

He said that 68 arrests in corruption cases had been made till October 16.

There were 15 convictions so far with the sentence being a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000, Kumar said.

He said from 2006 till 10th September 2011, 699 cases of corruption had been registered.

PTI