Bihar CM seeks report on BIADA land allotments

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has sought a report from chief secretary Anup Mukherjee on the land allotments of BIADA ( Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority) to cabinet ministers and bureaucrats, following the issue rocking both the houses of state legislature on Tuesday.

patna Updated: Jul 19, 2011 18:29 IST

Chief minister Nitish Kumar has sought a report from chief secretary Anup Mukherjee on the land allotments of BIADA ( Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority) to cabinet ministers and bureaucrats, following the issue rocking both the houses of state legislature on Tuesday.

Kumar told newsmen that he had asked the chief secretary to inquire into the whole matter and ascertain whether the land allotments were made as per norms or not.

“I have learnt that there were media reports about land allotments made to some cabinet minister and bureaucrats in violation of rules. I have asked the chief secretary to apprise me on the issue after verifying facts,” he said.

It may be mentioned that some electronic channels had aired reports yesterday how prime land of BIADA were allotted to relatives and kin of ministers and bureaucrats including HRD minister P K Shahi, social welfare minister Parveen Amanullah and JD(U) MP Jagdish Sharma.
Incidentally, the chief minister evaded questions on the brouhaha by opposition parties over the land allotments while insisting that he would speak on the issue after getting a report from the chief secretary.

To another query, Kumar said that he had directed officials to maintain transparency in the allotments and put the names of allotees in the official website of the BIADA.

Replying to queries on the Mumbai blasts, the chief minister said his government and party would extend all co-operation to the central government in checking terrorist acts.

“We are always ready to support the steps taken by the centre to check blasts. Terrorist strikes are committed just to break the unity and integrity of the nation, which is highly condemnable,” he said.

First Published: Jul 19, 2011 18:27 IST