Chief minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday issued directions for suspension of a Bank Of India branch manager in Jamtara district’s Nala block for allegedly demanding bribe from a local youth to approve his loan under Pradhan Mantri Rozgar Srijan Karyakram.
Thirty-year-old Jagdish Mahato, in a complaint to the Jan Samwad, had accused the branch manager of demanding a bribe of Rs.30,000 and rejecting his requisition on his refusal to oblige him.
Mahato had sought a loan of Rs.3 lakh in 2014 from the district industry centre to set up a sunflower oil mill. The industry centre had approved and forwarded his request to the bank.
“Suspend the bank manager immediately. Take legal action if necessary,” Das said, after learning about the case during a Jan Samwad session on Tuesday in Ranchi.
The CM lost his calm during the course of the public hearing and also went on to warn a Bank Of India representative of dire legal consequences. “I will send you to jail,” he yelled at the bank representative.
Das assured loan to Mahato if he produces all the necessary documents and asked the concerned officials to ensure speedy work in the case.
Later, Mahato told HT that he was made to run from pillar to post by the branch manager and also had to deposit Rs.15,000 of which he has a receipt.
“I only want my loan sanctioned. The bank manager should get the punishment he deserves,” said Mahato.
In a separate case, the CM also ordered Dhanbad SSP Manoj Ratan Chothe to suspend the officer in-charge of Dhansar Police Station if he failed to arrest the murderer of one Asha Devi’s 18-year-old son. The police had reportedly detained two youths soon after the crime but released them in a day.
A total of 20 cases were heard by the CM and his top officials at the Soochna Bhawan on Tuesday. A majority of the cases came from rural areas, and were related to education, anomalies in payment of salary and MGNREGA.
Launched on May 1, 2015, Jan Samwad is an interactive platform wherein the chief minister directly listens to the grievances of the people and redresses their problems in presence of government officials concerned. The objective of starting it was to bridge the gap between the government and the people.
(With input from Pankaj Kumar in Dhanbad)