Bihar to oppose reduced central fund for GRVA
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Last Updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 18:25
Patna: Bihar will strongly oppose any move by the Centre to reduce budgetary allocation under the National Ganga River Valley Authority (NGRVA) from Rs 500 crore to Rs 275 crore during tomorrow's standing committee meeting of the NGRVA, Deputy Chief Minister, Sushil Kumar Modi said on Tuesday.

"I will strongly oppose the move to reduce the budgetary allocation under the NGRVA from Rs 500 crore to Rs 275 being planned by the Centre," Modi told reporters on the sidelines of his 'Janata Darbar' Programme.

"Rather I'll press for further increasing the budget under the project to Rs 750 crore for 2011-122," he said.

Modi said he would represent Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who is a member of the NGRVA in the meeting.

He said following "failure" of the Ganga Action Plan the Centre took the initiative to step up the NGRVA and the prime minister had been made ex-officio chairman of the authority which was aimed at freeing Ganga from pollution by 2020.

The standing committee meeting will be held under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee.


First Published: Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 18:25

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