Monday, July 25, 2011

CPI sought extension of monsoon session of Bihar Assembly

CPI protested against a very short monsoon session of the Bihar Assembly. It demanded that the state government to extend the session.
"The state government has tried to cover its weaknesses and failures by convening the monsoon session for a brief period of five days," CPI national council member Md Jabbar Alam said.

While the first day of the session concluded with paying homages to the leaders who died during the inter-session period of the house, another day would be taken up for official resolutions and thus, it would be "impossible" for the members to place burning issues facing the state in the remaining three days, he said.

Bihar Appropriation Bill, 2011 and subsequent first supplementary budget of Rs 2258.18 crore was passed in the State Assembly on 20th July. Presenting the Appropriation Bill in the House, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said Rs 1751.49 crore would be spent against non-plan head, while Rs 408.05 crore would be utilised for state plan head.

The Deputy Chief Minister said out of proposed non-plan expenditure, Rs 400 crore would be spent for payment of University Grants Commission (UGC) scale to teachers of Universities and colleges in Bihar. Additional fund of Rs 700 crore would be required to meet the expenditure to be incurred against payment of revised UGC pay scale to the university and college teachers in current financial year which made the urgency for the state government to make provision of Rs 400 crore for the purpose in the first supplementary budget.

Rs 210 crore will be spent for various welfare schemes for scheduled tribes and for developmental schemes in backward districts. The fund would be spent under plan head for the purpose.

He said infrastructure facilities would also be improved and fire fighting system would be strengthened with additional fund of Rs 9.5 crore and Rs 10 crore respectively under the plan head. Bihar Appropriation Bill, 2011 was passed by voice vote in the House.

CBI probe demanded into BIADA land scam

Opposition RJD and Congress petitioned Raj Bhavan here for a CBI probe into the alleged BIADA land scam on 23rd July.

Only an independent probe agency like CBI would be able to uncover the alleged irregularities involving BIADA land allotment to relatives and wards of several Bihar ministers, MPs and legislators, besides bureaucrats, RJD said in its memorandum to Governor Devanand Konwar.

''The irregularities in the allotment of land of BIADA was similar to the 2G spectrum scam as the allotment procedure for both was 'first come first serve', RJD state president Ramchandra Purve said after the party's 'Rajbhavan March'.

BIADA land was allegedly allotted to the kin of influential ministers and bureaucrats by tweaking rules by the Nitish Kumar government in 2007 as was the case in the 2G spectrum scam in which Supreme Court ordered a CBI probe, he said.

Besides Purve, Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui, his counterpart in the state Legislative Council, Gulam Gaus and RJD secretary general Ramkripal Yadav participated in the march. They, however, could not meet the governor as he is away in Assam.

A Congress delegation led by its state president Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser also went to Rajbhavan and handed over a memorandum demanding a CBI probe. "The irregularities pertain to the allotment of land of BIADA to wards and relatives of Bihar ministers, MPs, MLAs and bureaucrats... We equate the case with the Adarsh Housing Society irregularities," Kaiser told reporters after emerging from Rajbhavan.

Indian Express

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