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Bihar to have an Ombudsman

india Updated: Dec 17, 2010 17:32 IST
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Bihar would have an ombudsman to look into charges of corruption and inaction by representatives and employees of the three-tier local self-government that includes panchayats and municipal bodies.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who was chairing a review meeting with urban development, housing and panchayati raj departments officials, directed to form policies' to ensure better living conditions to slum-dwellers and more opportunities for livelihood to vendors.

The meeting was attended by deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, urban development and housing minister Prem Kumar and panchayati raj minister Harilal Sah.

Expressing concern over over the unplanned growth of cities, Kumar said the government would introduce legislation for the proper development of the rural and urban areas.

"Satellite towns will be developed. Area and ward committees will be formed to ensure citizens' participation in the local bodies and administration," said Kumar.

"The post of the director of municipal administration will also be strengthened," he added.

The state government would also reconstitute the Bihar Urban Development Authority, which would implement and oversee the programmes for poverty eradication, he said. A property tax board would be constituted, he said and added that property maps, based on geographical information system, would be prepared to ensure better collections.

Kumar said Patna and its adjacent areas would be brought under a metro planning committee and master plans for the state capital, Bodh Gaya, apart from seven other cities, would be developed. The cities in the state would be developed in two phases with 28 cities being earmarked for the first phase, he added.

The government was also planning to construct administrative building for the 8463 panchayats in the state, Kumar said adding that the World Bank and the 13th Finance Commission would finance the project. A training model had also been prepared for those who would be elected in the forthcoming panchayat and municipal elections, he said.