Opposition slams Bihar budget as `jugglery` of accounts
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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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