Bihar Minister Madan Sahni resigns alleging corruption by bureaucrats

Janta Dal leader and social welfare minister Madan Sahni on Thursday submitted his resignation letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar alleging that bureaucrats were running the government and not the ministers.

Sahni who belongs to a backward community said the principal secretary and secretary of the department were in the same department for over four years. And that even after he complained to the CM about their actions, no action was taken by the CM office.

Sahni said, "Having a ministerial bungalow, fleet of vehicles and staff is not enough for me. When I can not deliver to the poor people, there is no justification for me to continue in the office".

He admitted he was resigning in protest against the action of the corrupt bureaucrats who accepted bribes in issuing transfer and posting orders of the officers.

Gyanendra Singh Gyanoo, a senior BJP MLA, in a separate statement alleged large-scale transfers and postings of officers on Wednesday evening was marked with corruption. According to the ruling party legislator, 80 percent of the ministers from BJP quota took bribes while issuing bulk transfer orders. The officer who could not satisfy the minister was denied transfer and posting to the place of his choice.

He claimed the bribe rate was higher in the departments with high budgets. He alleged that posts were auctioned in certain departments and said the senior bureaucrats helped the ministers in corruption in transfers and postings.

On Wednesday evening, orders related to transfers and postings in rural development, rural engineering, health, education, prison, police, excise departments were issued and continued till Thursday morning. In some departments, ministers overruled their departmental secretaries and in some departments, officers close to the chief minister overruled the recommendations of their ministers.

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