RJD Demands CBI Probe into MNREGA Irregularity
The opposition RJD created noisy scenes in both houses of the Bihar Assembly today demanding a CBI inquiry into the alleged Rs 6,000 crore irregularities in implementation of the MNREGA scheme, but the government said that it was unnecessary as an administrative probe was on.

RJD members trooped into well of the assembly shouting slogans demanding a CBI probe as Leader of Opposition Abdul Bari Siddiqui said he was contemplating moving a breach of privilege motion against Rural Development minister Nitish Mishra for making uncharitable remarks about his son yesterday.

The disruption caused by RJD members forced Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary to adjourn the House till 12:30 pm and subsequently to 2:00 pm when they continued doing so.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was present in the House during this time.

In the Legislative Council, RJD members led by Leader of Opposition Gulam Gaus and former chief minister Rabri Devi also protested against the government not ordering a CBI inquiry into the alleged irregularity.

Rural Development Minister Nitish Mishra, however, raised doubt on the authenticity of the survey by Delhi-based NGO which highlighted irregularities of Rs 6000 crore in executing the MNREGA project in Bihar.

Alleging that the report appeared to be politically motivated, the minister said similar faulty survey was carried out by the NGO, Centre for Environment and Food Security (CEFS), in four non-Congress states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha and the language was the same in reports for all the four states.

He said the state government had ordered an administrative probe the day the NGO's report was made public and a CBI probe could be considered when the administrative probe was found to be faulty.

Mishra said the state government has set up a Vigilance and Monitoring Committee under him for strict monitoring of the scheme.

Jyoti (Congress) and Basudeo Singh (CPIM) also raised questions on implementation of the scheme, while Neeraj Kumar (JD-U) defended the government.

The RJD persisted with its demand for a CBI probe and raised slogans during post-lunch session of the assembly before staging a walkout.

Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary made vain plea to opposition members to sit down and allow the business of the house, but the RJD members shouted slogans and slapped the table of the assembly officials for nearly 15 minutes before staging a walk out.

Amidst the din Chaudhary adjourned the house till 1630 hours.

The house re-assembled again and passed the second supplementary budget of Rs 3386.15 crore and supplementary demands for various other departments.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav lamented the behaviour of the opposition members and urged them to raise relevant issues.
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