JD-U, LJP clash over utilisation of central funds in Bihar

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 16:18

New Delhi: The issue of alleged misuse of central funds in poll-bound Bihar led to a clash between JD-U and LJP in Rajya Sabha with Ram Vilas Paswan seeking central
monitoring in the NDA-ruled state.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Paswan said the union government should see that the money it gives to Bihar is properly spent.

"Government of India should monitor the money being sent there," he said.
This irked JD-U members Ali Anwar and Shivanand Tewari, who accused Pawan of raising such issues with an eye on Assembly elections in the state.

Paswan demanded that all 38 districts of the state should be declared drought hit and the state be provided with a financial assistance of Rs 15,000 crore instead of Rs 5,000
crore as demanded by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here, Kumar had demanded that 28 districts of the state should be declared drought hit.

Paswan said that a central team should go to Bihar and submit a report on the drought situation immediately.

Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) also supported Paswan`s demand for giving enhanced financial assistance to the state.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 16:18

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