October 24, 2020

RJD irks Dal with ‘RCP tax’

Patna: RJD members irked JDU benches on Monday by repeatedly referring to “RCP Tax”.

Parliamentary affairs minister Srawan Kumar asked Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary to expunge the statements by RJD MLAs as the JDU’s Rajya Sabha MP Ram Chandra Prasad Sinha was not a member of the House. But senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddiqui retorted: “We’ve not taken any names. We have said RCP. According to us, RCP stands for Reserve Collective Project. If the ruling party can think of any name they should say it.”

“RCP Tax” was first used by RJD chief Lalu Prasad after the Grand Alliance broke up. In February, Tejashwi Prasad told a rally in Katihar: “In Bihar there are two taxes – income tax and RCP Tax. He (RCP) extorts money from the public and bureaucrats.”

During Question Hour on Monday, RJD MLA Bhai Birendar raised questions on installation of CCTVs in all police stations and lock-ups. He alleged the government spent over Rs 282 crore but CCTVs were not installed or were malfunctioning. Power minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said administrative approval of over Rs 286 crore was given. “For now, Rs 1.5 crore has been given to Beltron to finalise the tender and agency,” he said. But the RJD MLA continued to refer to “RCP Tax”.

Quota misuse cry

RJD MLA Lalit Kumar Yadav alleged that officials were misusing quota laws by putting meritorious Dalit, tribal or backward caste candidates in quota category. He said successful NEET candidates from backward classes were being accommodated in new medical colleges like Pawapuri and Bettiah, which lack basic infrastructure. Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary asked RJD members for evidence.

Molasses

Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said a decision will be taken soon on allowing sugar mills to shift molasses outside the state.

Toilet disbelief

The government, which claims success in constructing toilets, came under fire from its own MLA, Jitendra Kumar, who alleged constables in the police line area of Nalanda were defecating in the open in the absence of toilets.

When the minister claimed there were 20 toilets for lady constables and 10 for male constables, the MLA retorted that all of them were in a dilapidated condition and were not used. The minister promised to look into the matter and get more toilets constructed.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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