RTI information shows details of money given to Bihar
LATEST NEWS : With the BJP and JD(U) joining hands in Bihar, the stage is finally set for implementing one of the foremost poll promises made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the run up to the Bihar elections in 2015. While Modi had announced a special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for Bihar at an election rally in Arrah in August 2015, it has released money to the state only for projects sanctioned under the 12th Five-Year Plan. The plan, which commenced in 2012, coincidentally, will end this year. This sets the stage for the BJP-JD(U) alliance in Bihar to go full steam ahead, with the special package for the backward state promised by Modi in his 2015 election rally.
Information obtained by Business Standard under the Right to Information (RTI) shows that the Modi government had issued a release order of almost Rs 1,888 crore to Bihar as ‘special assistance’ in 2015-16.
The financial resources division of NITI Aayog did not give details of the special assistance given to Bihar during 2016-17. The money given to Bihar as special assistance was to be used for one ongoing project of the 11th Five-Year Plan and nine projects approved during the 12th Five-Year Plan.
The Ministry of Finance in a letter dated 8 February, 2016 sanctioned the money after a recommendation was sent to it by NITI Aayog on 31 December, 2015. (see document at the end of the article). This letter was issued just a month after the Nitish Kumar government was sworn after the grand alliance with Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Congress managed to outflank BJP in the state polls.
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