Patna: The success of any government's ambitious plan shows how much it has benefited the people. But the scheme Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal launched by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has greatly benefited the needy as well as the relatives of the leaders. According to media reports, the scheme not only gave water from the tank to the needy but also awarded contracts worth Rs 53 crore to the family and associates of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore.
Nitish Kumar's claim of good governance also raises questions about the political patronage given to relatives of leaders. According to reports, the first name in the list to benefit through contracts comes from BJP legislature party leader and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tarkishore Prasad. The list also includes JDU of the state and some other BJP leaders. The scheme, which started about five years ago, is said to be quite successful so far. The target was to reach 1.08 lakh panchayat wards, which is claimed to be 95 per cent covered.
Documents from 20 districts related to the 'Har Ghar Nal Ka Jal' scheme being run in Bihar were seen. These documents were linked to records of the registrar of companies (RoC) and Bihar Public Health Engineering Department (PHED). PHED was responsible for implementing the scheme. It was to support the Department of Panchayati Raj and Urban Development.