Ever since Bihar CM Nitish Kumar exited the grand alliance and joined hands with the NDA government to become Bihar’s Chief Minister once again on July 27, internal meetings have been taking place in the Parliament relating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s special package of Rs. 1.25 lakh crore for the state. This special package was announced by PM Modi in August 2015 during the run-up to the 2015 Bihar Assembly polls. Along with the package, an additional amount of Rs. 40,000 crore was also to be issued for the completion of past infrastructure projects in the state, reports IE.
According to The Indian Express, discussions were held on Thursday, August 3, about the implementation of various projects related to infrastructure, road construction, power and water supply and irrigation. IE quoted a senior government official as saying, “We have been releasing funds from time to time. But after the new coalition came into existence, the Centre is keen to help Bihar and assist it in its projects.”
In March 2017, Bihar government made it clear that only Rs 28,117.23 crore had been allotted to them by the Centre from which the State had already used Rs 6608.77 crore. The state government had then also told the Legislative Council that they did not receive a “proper” reply from the Union Ministry of Finance on matters related to the disbursement of funds. According to The Indian Express, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday, August 6, said the Centre should allocate the funds in a liberal manner.
Nitish said, “We (BJP and JDU) have come together. It must also reflect (in the allocation of funds). Bihar is a big state with 38 districts and 101 sub-divisions and you (Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad) are saying Rs 50-70 crore will be given to it to strengthen the subordinate judiciary. It will not serve the purpose.”