scorecardresearch
Wednesday, Dec 07, 2022
Premium

Nitish announces Rs 20,000 crore solar light scheme ahead of Bihar panchayat polls

The opposition RJD has questioned the government's decision as the previous solar light scheme was marred with corruption charges being levelled against mukhiyas and other panchayat-level representatives.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (File)

Three months before the panchayat polls scheduled in the state, the Bihar government has invited tenders for putting up 10 solar lights each in over 8,300 panchayats and 143 urban bodies.

The scheme would be executed at a cost of about Rs 20,000 crore.

The opposition RJD has questioned the government’s decision as the previous solar light scheme was marred with corruption charges being levelled against mukhiyas and other panchayat-level representatives.

RJD national spokesperson Subodh Kumar said: “Even though panchayat polls are not contested on party lines, it is a wrong time to invite technical bidding for putting up solar lights in every panchayat. It is a way to influence polls. All political parties indirectly back candidates in panchayat polls in their bid to strengthen their grassroot support… this scheme has been reeking of corruption.”

Subscriber Only Stories
Over 50% landfill sites in 5 states, no remedial plansPremium
Cost & effect: Plastic surgery uptick in Mumbai govt hospitalsPremium
Oil price cap to preserve supply, enable countries like India to lower en...Premium
The GM mustard debatePremium

The RJD spokesperson said they would also write to the Election Commission of India to hold a technical bidding process for the scheme.

Panchayati Raj minister Samrat Choudhary, however, said, “The existing 12 watt light is not good enough, a 20 watt light would be installed to illuminate streets. It is an ongoing scheme.”

The Bihar Panchayati Raj department in June had asked all district magistrates to invite bidding for putting up the solar lights.

Advertisement

The JD(U) has been focussing on panchayat polls since 2006 to build its party cadre.

BJP has also announced that they would support candidates in the urban local bodies’ polls.

First published on: 18-08-2021 at 04:35:08 am
Next Story

Intent behind the Nagaland United Government is laudable, but seems a problematic claim

Latest Comment
Post Comment
Read Comments
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
close