Nothing is impossible in Bihar. Even the dead and retired government officials in the state get promotions!
Dozens of government officials who have either died or retired figure in the promotions list of the registration department in Buxar district, about 125 kms from Patna.
"Yes, some dead and retired officials are in the list," admitted Raj Kumar Jha, an official of the Buxar district administration.
According to official sources, most of those in the list of 48 promoted officials had either died or retired long back. "It was a clear case of official apathy and negligence," Jha said.
He added that it was a serious matter and an inquiry would be conducted to ascertain how their names had appeared in the list.
Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Haridnarayan Choudhary said this had exposed the government's claim of good governance.
"Everything is in a mess in government offices. If the dead can figure in the promotions list, anything imaginable can happen," said Choudhary.
Not long ago, IANS reported that the names of 101 dead people figured in the below poverty line (BPL) list in the state. That was in Charpokhri block in Bhojpur district.