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Bihar: Crorepati babus, poverty-stricken citizens

It is becoming clear why Patna, at Rs 23, 169 crores, has got more bank deposits than any other city – the amount exceeds annual expenditure of the whole state – despite there being no industrial or commercial activity worth talking about.

Here is the tip of the iceberg: after Nitish Kumar cracked the whip on graft, the vigilance department has found that 300 poorly paid babus have assets and other valuables running into crores. Only two, clerks, have been fired so far. Others continue to rake it in.

Knowing how things work, one can be certain that assets of those caught would have been under-reported while many would have been allowed to get away, with officials of the vigilance department hitting the KBC2 jackpot repeatedly.

When will Bihar's corrupt politicians who have kept ordinary citizens poverty-stricken, be exposed?


Sagarone said...

Vinod, the issue here is not when they will be exposed, but how to tackle and try to eradicate corruption at every level. Perhaps it is the license-quota raj mentality combined with the raja-praja mentality which has contributed to corruption being an integral part of our culture. High time each of us contemplates whether to pay the 'suvidha-shulk' or suffer the daily inconveniences.

Smitha said...

No wonder everybody in Bihar wants to be a babu! I wonder if there is any sure fire way to control corruption with everybody being in the same boat - who will ever be a whistle blower in such a set up? It is depressing to read that they have accumulated more money that Bihar's annual expenditure!

BK Chowla said...

Lalu has left behind a legacy.It is impossible to tackle this problem,not only in Bihar but all over.The problem will be greater noe that the state has to get ready for next years assembly elections.
We have to learn to live with it.

Vinod_Sharma said...

Sagarone, you are right. The 'raja-praja' mentality will get destroyed if people get educated and well employed. That is perhaps one reason that political leaders have not concentrated on education as much as they should have. It should have been at the top of the list.

Smitha, everyone who can be, wants to become a babu, those who can't, criminals or politicians or, best, both!

BK Chowla, yes the problem has gone out of control in many states, with others catching up rapidly.

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