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Sushil Modi, two other BJP lawmakers to return microwave ovens

"Lakhs of school teachers (are) without salary for last four months. Prem Kumar, Mangal Pandey and myself will return gifts like micro oven back to govt."

By: PTI | Patna | Published: March 19, 2016 4:49 pm
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Apparently seeking to turn tables on the Nitish Kumar government for showering expensive gifts on MLAs, three BJP legislators including Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday said they have decided to return microwave oven on the ground that lakhs of school teachers were not being paid salaries for over four months.

“Lakhs of school teachers (are) without salary for last four months. Prem Kumar, Mangal Pandey and myself will return gifts like micro oven back to govt,” Modi said in a tweet.

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Modi, a senior BJP leader, also flayed Bihar government for justifying expensive gifts to the lawmakers on the ground that they are poor or they will use microwave oven to taste quality of Mid-Day Meal (MDM) served to students in government schools.

In a sharp attack on the ruling party leaders, namely the Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Yadav, for defending expensive gifts to the lawmakers saying that they are poor, the former deputy chief minister reminded them that the legislators are paid Rs 1.5 lakh per month.

It may be recalled the Education Department on Friday had given microwave oven, costing Rs 11,225 each, to the MLAs drawing sharp criticism from various quarters.

The Education Minister Ashok Chaudhary had defended distribution of expensive gifts to the legislators saying that it’s customary during budget session and went on to add that microwave ovens will enable the beneficiaries to taste quality of MDM during inspection in schools.

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    MyTake
    Mar 19, 2016 at 6:34 pm
    Award wapsi taking root?
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      Kartaar Singh
      Mar 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm
      Very good ! Award wapsi ka jawab Oven wapsi !
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        kulaputra kulaputra
        Mar 20, 2016 at 12:04 am
        We want generosity from BJP MLAs. I will accept this as a gesture if they can forgo their ries till teachers are paid and really show leadership. Returning a Rs 12,000 microwave set after having accepted in the first place without any penalties, after they have already been paid for is no atonement. If you seriously believe in poverty alleviation, do not take ries or any other form of gratification till you set things right.
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          Niladrinath Mohanty
          Mar 20, 2016 at 12:07 am
          Well, I had thought freshly prepared food is served in the mid day meal scheme. Furthermore, will the MLA carry a micro wave oven with him when he visits a school for inspection so that he can warm up the mid day meal? Does the school have a power point to connect the micro wave oven? I do not know if all the Govt. schools in Bihar have electricity. All this- how silly.
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            RAKESH KUMAR
            Mar 19, 2016 at 1:47 pm
            Shameful on the part of chelas of Lohia and J.P. who always stood for poor. Bihar which is the second poorest state of India and most backward on all parameters of human development index, its ruling elite are engaged in loot of public exchequer.
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