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Bihar to promulgate Right to Service Act from Apr

It makes it mandatory for the state government and its agencies to extend services to people within the stipulated time-frame

Patna: The Right to Service Act will come into effect in Bihar from April 1with the state cabinet on Tuesday cleareing the way for introduction of Right to Service Act in the Assembly.

The Act makes it mandatory for the state government and its agencies to extend services to people within the stipulated timeframe failing which the officials concerned could be penalised.

“The Act would now fix accountability of government officials and would help the government weed out corruption from the grassroots level to the top,” an official said.

The Act, besides the RTI Act, would be an important tool in the hands of the people, the official added.

The law, which will cover 30 items including driving license and passport enquiry, will ensure time-bound disposal of public works.

The law is likely be passed by the Assembly in the ongoing session. It will cover 30 services like college degrees, driving license, banking services, kisan credit card, ration card, FIR, Passport enquiry etc.

The law will ensure time-bound completion of works by putting onus on public servants concerned, failing which they will be fined Rs 250 per day or the maximum of Rs 5000.
—iGovernment Bureau

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