Sunday, Feb 05, 2023

Patronage Pipeline

Bihar's showpiece scheme to ensure drinking water for the poor through taps right at their homes, Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal, launched by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar exactly five years ago, is a success on many counts — it has covered over 95% of the target of 1.08 lakh panchayat wards. But on the ground, the implementation of the scheme has also been marked by political patronage to a sweeping set of beneficiaries that corrodes Nitish’s message of good governance, a four-month-long investigation by The Indian Express has revealed.


Exclusive: In Bihar’s water scheme, a tale of 2 wards: from dry taps to wide smiles

September 25, 2021 7:44 am

The Indian Express investigation found, the scheme has been blighted by political patronage in awarding several contracts -- from the family of BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad to those of senior JD(U) leaders such as ex-state secretary Anil Singh -- and shoddy work in some villages.

Bihar: Rs 80-crore deal for JD(U) leader’s family, ex-Minister’s nephew in long list of VIP contractors

September 24, 2021 8:07 am

From Samastipur to Madhubani and Jamui to Sheikhpura and at least 20 districts, The Indian Express has found, it covers a sweeping range of beneficiaries across the state’s political spectrum — from relatives of senior JD(U) and BJP leaders to an RJD leader.

Patronage Pipeline — Taken serious note, will probe: Bihar Govt; Opp targets Deputy CM

September 23, 2021 12:39 pm

Late Wednesday, Prasad took part in a meeting of top BJP state leaders, including general secretary (organisation) Bhikhubhai Dalsaniya, at the residence of the other Deputy CM Renu Devi.

Bihar patronage pipeline: Congress demands Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad’s ouster

September 23, 2021 8:06 am

The investigation had revealed that Prasad’s family and aides had received 36 contracts worth over Rs 53 crore under the flagship ‘Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal’ scheme.

Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal scheme contracts: ‘Nothing wrong with doing business’, says Bihar Dy CM Tarkishore Prasad

September 23, 2021 8:02 am

There are a total of 2,800 units in Katihar; my family has got just four. There’s nothing wrong with doing business. One must ensure that there should not be any irregularity... I have asked my son not to do any government work as it would create unnecessary problems, says Tarkishore Prasad.

Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal: How Bihar's showpiece scheme plugs many gaps, and opens some

September 23, 2021 12:12 pm

Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal is a cluster of four Bihar schemes. The common goal: easy access to clean drinking water with the larger aim of improving public health across the board.

Exclusive: Bihar’s flagship scheme gave tap water to poor — and contracts worth Rs 53 crore to Dy CM’s family, aides

September 24, 2021 8:06 am

Express investigation: For Bihar’s own Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal, The Indian Express investigated bid documents for projects in as many as 20 districts and matched them with records maintained by the Registrar of Companies (RoC) and Bihar’s Public Health Engineering Department (PHED).