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'Poor' Bihar boasts of 300 crorepati babus

'Poor' Bihar boasts of 300 crorepati babus

Author: Faizan Ahmad
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 6, 2009

A staggering 300 Bihar government employees-earning modest salaries-are crorepatis! If this isn't shocking enough, here's more: All but two of the 300 continue to hold on to their secure-as also lucrative-jobs despite long stints in jails.

According to official figures, 71 such corrupt babus had been caught by the state vigilance bureau until November this year. In 2006, when CM Nitish Kumar cracked the whip on graft, 70-odd "trap'' cases led to the arrest of 76 employees. This figure shot up to 131 in 2007; while 97 others were caught with their hands in the till in 2008.

Of the 375 arrested babus, vigilance found 300 of them had assets running into crores, an indicator of how they have fattened themselves at the cost of the state which lags on almost all development parameters.

In the last four years, chargesheets have been submitted against 596 gazetted and 632 non-gazetted public servants apart from 302 others, including those held before 2006. But with just one vigilance court for "trap'' cases, only a handful of them have been convicted so far. Worse, the departments concerned have been indifferent about sacking the convicted.

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