Opposition slams Bihar budget as `jugglery` of accounts

Last Updated: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 19:44

Patna: Describing the Bihar budget for
2011-12 as mere `jugglery` of accounts, the opposition on Monday
said the NDA government has defeated its promise to make the
state a developed one by 2015 by failing to give adequate
attention to agriculture and industry in terms of allocation.
The allocation under the state plan of Rs 24,000 crore
has provisions of only 3.45 per cent for agriculture and 1.97
per cent for industry under the 2011-12 budget of the state,
leader of opposition Abdul Bari Siddique said while
participating in discussion the budget in the state assembly.

With the agriculture sector remaining the backbone of
the state`s economy, there has been an alarming decrease in
the size of farmland under irrigation resulting in decline in
production per hectare at 12.38 quintal at present as against
74.5 quintal in 2001-02, he claimed.

Apparently hinting to corruption in the departments
entrusted with the task of laying irrigation infrastructure,
Siddique said the farm yield per hectare has gone down in
spite of an increase in funds for the purpose.

Similarly, the production of sugarcane and sugar in
the state has registered decline since 2006-07 even as the
state government has been going gung ho about revival of the
sick sugar mills, the leader of opposition said.

Siddique also flayed the state government`s claim of
high growth rate of more than 10 per cent and substantial
increase in the state gross domestic product (SGDP) during the
NDA rule and said if it was so, then the state`s revenue
should have increased manifold and enabled it to fund
development projects on its own, but it was not the case.
Most of the development and welfare schemes in the
state were being funded by the central government and a large
chunk of the state budget came from the central resources, the
opposition leader said and dared the Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar and the Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi to deny
the facts in this regard.

Bihar`s `abysmal` financial health was reflected in
the data that the state`s own revenues comprised only
one-fourth of the budget volume of Rs. 65,325 crore for
2011-12, he said.


First Published: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 19:44

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