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CM Nitish Kumar to Sack 576 Govt Staffs

Call it the AAP consequence. The Bihar government has strong-willed to give a war on corruption and 576 officers and employees are expected to be dismissed from service within two months over scion allegations. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday reviewed the evolution in the study of corruption cases against these officers and employees. Since departmental proceedings against 187 of the 576 government employees are in the last stages, it is likely that they would be dismissed within a week, chief secretary A K Sinha said after a meeting with the CM. Nitish has inquired the chief secretary to hold weekly meetings with the department heads and district magistrates (DMs) to assess the progress in investigation of corruption cases. During a videoconference with DMs and SPs in the attendance of top officials, Nitish said the government has zero acceptances against corruption. He said the government would not rescind suspension of corrupt officers as they contest their cases in court with government money. The DMs have been given additional powers to deal with corruption cases. Now, they will not require approaching the departments worried for taking action against officers and employees. Since most of the complaints appear against block development officers (BDOs) and circle officers, the DMs have been authorized to suspend or transfer them, the chief secretary said. At district level, more police and civil officials will be posted to make stronger vigilance units. The CM recommended that the vigilance department be strengthened on the prototype of the CBI. DGP Abhyananad told that 55 police officers faced corruption charges last year and 42 of them had previously been dismissed. He said the agents and hypes would also face action and their properties attached under the Money Laundering Act. Police conducted raids at several district transport offices in Ara, Sheikhpura, Madhepura, Gaya and Biharsharif last week and caught over two dozen touts, DTOs and motor vehicle inspectors. DG (vigilance) P K Thakur told that 19 corrupt officials, including chief engineers, superintending engineers, jailers and BDOs, were condemned last year. S K Negi, principal secretary of vigilance department, said the six special vigilance courts had ordered the add-on of property of 11 corrupt officers.

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