Nitish Kumar ‘welcomes’ PM’s Bihar package, demands implementation

  • PTI, Patna
  • Updated: Dec 09, 2015 15:34 IST
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar arrives to attend the cabinet meeting in Patna. (PTI Photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, for the first time on Tuesday, welcomed the Prime Minister’s special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore and additional investment of Rs 40,000 crore for development of the state, and demanded its implementation.

“I welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s package for Bihar of Rs 1.25 lakh crore with additional investment of Rs 40,000 crore for running projects... from here onwards I would like sincere implementation of the package,” he said in the legislative Assembly on Tuesday, while replying to the debate on the governor’s address to the joint sitting of the Bihar Assembly.

Kumar had earlier trashed the Bihar package which the Prime Minister had announced at an official function in Ara (Bhojpur district) on September 18. The chief minister had described it as “repackaging of old schemes” during election rallies.

Kumar also urged speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary to constitute a joint committee of members of the two Houses for monitoring implementation of the package and utilisation of the committed funds against specific projects.

“I leave it to you (speaker) to constitute a joint committee of members of House of Bihar legislature or the legislative assembly, only for monitoring of the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Bihar package,” he said.

“The choice is yours,” the chief minister told the speaker.

Kumar stressed that no politics should be played in the state’s development and the construction of National Highway (NH), electricity generation through Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) and other schemes would go a long way in fulfilling the Bihar’s aspiration for infrastructure.

Imploring the NDA government at the Centre for implementation of the package, he said that it should not only remain on paper, but must be seen on ground.

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