Speaking at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, Kumar gave assurance that criminals will be dealt with firmly.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday asserted that rule of law will prevail in the state and reiterated that those guilty in the Muzaffarpur or other such recent cases will not be spared by the government.
Speaking at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations at Gandhi Maidan in Patna, Kumar gave assurance that criminals will be dealt with firmly. "Recently, some incidents have come to light, about which I assure everyone that the culprits will be punished. In some sensitive cases, quick investigation has been done and the guilty have been arrested. The court has also agreed to speedy trial," he said.
A solid system for keeping criminals in check and maintaining law and order without any prejudice or bias is prevalent in Bihar. "We have never compromised on corruption and we never will in the future. Whether public servants, people's representatives or any other organisation or institution, if anyone is found indulging in corrupt practices, they will not be spared," he said.
Kumar was referring to the recent incidents of alleged rape and torture of at least 34 residents at a state-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur and the death of two women at Aasra Grih in Patna, which have brought national disrepute to the state where the CM talked of "good governance". The Muzaffarpur case is now being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The Bihar CM also announced some sops for the citizens on the occasion of Independence Day, ahead of the polls next year. Primary among these were bonanza for around five lakh contractual workers in the state. "We have accepted the recommendations for contractual workers by the high-level committee headed by former chief secretary Ashok Kumar Chaudhary. All benefits will be passed on to those working on contract," he said.
The recommendations include service rules and records, weight to service experience in regular appointment, employees provident fund, annual evaluation, fixation of honorarium or wages, travel allowance, insurance, leave — including maternity benefit, relaxation in age limit for regular recruitment and right to appeal against termination of services, etc.
In the election year, political experts see this as a major move to appease contractual workers, who have been up in arms against the government for the last several years.