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Budget sops for only election-bound states: Nitish

patna Updated: Feb 28, 2011 17:19 IST

Terming the budget proposals for 2011-12 as "disappointing", Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said that it had sops only for the election-bound states and lacked provisions for backward regions.

"It is completely disappointing and not promising for ensuring growth everywhere in the country... it has sops for poll-bound states and lacks the due attention required for maintaining regional balance," Kumar told reporters while reacting to the Budget for 2011-12 presented by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Parliament earlier on Monday.

Kumar said that the budget had once again disappointed Bihar as it had no initiative for development of the state.

He said that the Centre had once against failed to pay due attention to the demand for according special category status to Bihar.

"There is no promise in this regard," the chief minister said.

The state's demand for allocation of Rs 4,000 crore per annum from the Centre under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) in the next five-year plan period too had been ignored, Kumar said, alleging that there was no proposal for promoting agriculture sector in the state which had an agro-based economy.

The chief minister also expressed serious concern over making provisions of fund for the Food Security bill and said that the Centre had also failed to announce cash subsidy to beneficiaries for distribution of the foodgrains.

"The allocation of funds of Rs 21,000 crore for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan is also too little to cater to the state's requirements," he alleged.

There was also no mention about how to control the price spiral and the measures to be taken for eradication of poverty and creation of job avenues, he said.