New Delhi: Nothing seems to be impossible for the Legislators of Bihar, at least when it comes to travelling. Legislators of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council have allegedly fudged records in order to cash in on Railway benefits given to them.

A legislator has allegedly produced details showing that he undertook train journey in three different directions the same day. The shocking revelation was found by the state’s Principal Accountant General (PAG) after audit of the two Houses from March 2009 to March 2012.

The report, yet-to-be-published, found that 54 legislators claimed to undertake train journeys in more than two directions on the same day. Shockingly, such claims were made on more than 142 occasions.  The Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council have 243 and 75 members respectively.

One such MLA showed he had travelled from Patna to Azam Nagar Road, Patna to New Delhi and New Delhi to Patna on February 15, 2010. Another legislator showed he had travelled from Patna to Forbesganj, Forbesganj to Patna and again Patna to Forbesganj on November 17, 2010 despite the fact that Forbesganj is over 300 km from the state capital. Another legislator produced details of his travel from Patna to Delhi twice and Patna to Kishanganj the same day.

The report said that these legislators availed stay allowances even after claiming that they travelled out of the state capital. The seriousness of the misuse of Railway Travel Coupons (RTCs) can be gauged from the fact that they have produced details of 3,598 trips between April 2009 to March 2012 and claimed stay allowance 3,123 times.

As per the rule and business of Assembly, a legislator gets RTCs worth Rs 1.5 lakh in a year to travel in AC class with one co-traveller.

RTCs worth Rs 10.81 crore were issued to 402 members between April 2006 and March 2012, out of which Rs 46.02 lakh has been spent on co-travellers.


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