Minister Sudhakar Singh advises beating officials who demand bribes with their shoes.

Sudhakar Singh, the state agriculture minister, called on Saturday the citizens of Kaimur district to beat with their shoes any employee who demands a bribe . Singh transferred one of them to the state capital and held him captive while waiting for his appointment for collecting a bribe of Rs3,000 to Rs25,000 from various private shops and restaurants .

PATNA: Sudhakar Singh, the state agriculture minister, called on Saturday the citizens of Kaimur district to beat with shoes personnel of the weights and measures department who demand a bribe.He also transferred one of them to the state capital and held him captive while waiting for his appointment for collecting a bribe of Rs3,000 to Rs25,000 from various private shops and restaurants.When asked by phone, I did ask farmers and others to beat with their shoes any employee who demands a bribe, he told this journal.I had been being harassed by officials who took Rs 3,000 to Rs 25,000 as a bribe from three separate private enterprises, which I had received.

He said Rs25,000 had been demanded from a petrol pump owner, Rs5,000 from a chemical fertilizers store, and Rs 3,000 from a foodgrain merchant.I transferred the weights and measures of the wing official affected to me and also placed him on hold for posting.Singh said that after the investigation, administrative action such as suspension would follow.Singh said that his department's formal order in this regard was awaited when he attempted to get an input-output analysis of the three agriculture road maps prepared by a third-party agency company.

This is the general rule followed by the central government.It has also been done in the state in several ways according to the state's laws, he said.According to him, the analysis report would be useful in the development of the 4th agriculture road map, which will in any event be ready for direction and implementation by February next year.Singh admits that the initial agriculture road map's scope, which included a Rs 6,000 crore investment, was narrow.

He has maintained that the goal of increasing foodgrain production had reached a plateau by the end of the year 2021-22, and that, in fact, the total foodgrain production fell from 1.77 crore tonnes in 2011-12 to 1.76 crore tonnes in 2021-22.In addition, the state's third and fourth agriculture road maps did not include goals regarding foodgrain production and farmers income, and the state's relative population growth was also not factored in.Singh said that if the investment is made, it needs a report on its output-input process to grasp the true situation in order to plan for the future.In the meantime, JD(U) MLC and spokesman Neeraj Kumar said the country has been a witness to the implementation of the three road maps and achievements, including the winning of the Centre's Krishi Karman awards and a record achievement in the animal husbandry resources sector, with the state receiving the central award and citation in 2018.

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