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Power corridor graft bugs citizens

The chief minister proposes but several bureaucrats dispose if palms are not greased.

Eradicating corruption from bureaucracy has been a major challenge for the Nitish Kumar government.

Corruption is still rampant in execution of all people’s welfare schemes.

The data compiled by the vigilance bureau office in Patna is an eye-opener.

Till November 15 this year, some 510 cases were lodged and at least 515 people have been booked on the charge of corruption as part of a special drive launched by the Nitish Kumar government soon after it came to power in 2005.

Of the 515 arrested people, 135 are gazetted officers.

Over 12 block development officers were booked for accepting bribe from beneficiaries of different welfare schemes.

More than five child development programme officers also fell prey to the anti-corruption drive.

A random survey revealed that about 15 to 20 per cent of complaints lodged at Nitish’s weekly janata durbar are related to financial irregularities in execution of development and welfare schemes.