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Bihar official dismissed for taking bribe from sugarcane minister’s son-in-law


PATNA: Authorities in Bihar have fired an official after he allegedly got money from a minister’s son-in-law.

Seed Certification inspector Rakesh Lochan was dismissed on Thursday hours after he allegedly had collected Rs 1,200 from the son-in-law of sugarcane minister Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad in exchange for issuing seed certificate.

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The certificate is required to avail subsidy the government pays to sugarcane farmers. Based on this certificate, a farmer is given a subsidy of Rs 155 per quintal on purchase of sugarcane seeds.

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The dismissal took place hours after the minister had alleged large-scale corruption in the agriculture department saying even his son-in-law had to give the bribe to get this certificate.

“Well you can imagine the fate of a common man when my own son-in-law had to pay bribe to have this certificate,” the minister told the media on Tuesday.

He alleged that the officials were thwarting government’s plan to check corruption in the state.

“Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has adopted Zero-tolerance policy against corruption but the officials don’t want the government to let the government succeed,” the minister added.


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