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Centre is jealous of Bihar: Minister

india Updated: Mar 25, 2010 19:46 IST

The Centre is "jealous" of NDA rule in Bihar and has therefore not provided any assistance to the state despite floods and drought faced by it, state Agriculture Minister Ranu Kumari Kushwaha told the legislative council on Thursday.

"The farmers in Bihar have been adversely affected by drought and flood," she said replying to a debate on the problems facing farmers in Bihar and its solution.

Stating that agriculture was passing through a critical phase before NDA came to power in the state in November 2005, she said "We formulated a roadmap for development of agriculture in the state and promoting farmers after taking over the charge from the ineffective RJD."

After the carving out of Jharkhand, Bihar was left with no industry and had to depend on agriculture. Under the agriculture roadmap, Chief Minister Nitiish Kumar had accelerated the seed extension scheme which had proved to be a 'model' in India.

"There has been a gradual improvement in Bihar in the production of foodgrains, which rose to 122.20 lakh mt in 2008-09 compared to 79.06 lakh mt during 2004-05," she said.

The production had remained at 120.88 lakh mt in 2009-10 despite drought gripping several parts of the state.

There was a "huge enhancement" in the budgetary allocation to the agriculture plan head, which had increased to Rs 461.44 crore in 2010-11 from a paltry Rs 59.81 crore in 2004-05, she said.

Members from main Opposition parties the RJD and LJP staged a noisy walkout from the House expressing dissatisfaction over the minister's reply.