Patna, March 18: Bihar MLAs on Friday, March 18 were given gifts to attend the Budget Session in the State Assembly at Patna. Terming this a 'traditional practice' legislators were gifted with bags, microwaves oven, phones by the state's Educational Department worth Rs 30 lakh.
An RJD leader told OneIndia that " after the budget was presented, the MLAs were given gifts every day during the session by different departments", while adding that just on the other day they were presented with Mobile phones and suitcases.
According to media reports, the microwave which has been gifted cost Rs 11, 125 each to the state Education Department.
Ashok Chowdhary, State education minister said, "it's just matter of few lakhs."
Chowdhary further said, "These gifts will help MLAs in their areas to heat up the food for eating."
Tejaswi Yadav, Deputy CM of Bihar said, "It's a common tradition" and urged the media persons not to sensationalise the matter.
Ramjanam Sharma, a BJP MLA, criticised this so called 'traditional act' of the ruling government and said "there is a major crisis of water in the state and ruling government leaders are wasting public money rather than utilising it for the welfare of people."