New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday made a strong pitch for bringing to an end the
policy of implementing Centrally-sponsored schemes in states, saying the Centre should confine itself to broad policy making.
"You (Centre) develop policy and broad roadmap. Leave
the decision on schemes for states. Stop Centrally-sponsored
schemes. You give us task...you decide a target and help and
monitor us but why going into minute details?," Kumar asked.
Speaking at a round table conference on "Combating
Food Inflation" here, Kumar said there was a need to change
the mindset while framing development policies.
He rued that the Centre was still to finalise the
Detailed Action Plan since the last three years about the interlinking of rivers in Bihar, which could have helped the state tackle the problem of floods.
Kumar also termed as a "joke" the Centre`s allocation
of Rs 400 crore for the Eastern India green revolution
He said the government "needs to be cautious as the
number of BPL families would increase with the rise in food
The Bihar Chief Minister said there are only 65 lakh
BPL families in Bihar according to Centre`s estimate but the
state government estimates the number to be 1.4 crore and is
committed to provide food security to this entire population.
Kumar said the NDA`s victory in Bihar Assembly polls
has given a clear message that people will vote to power those
who provide governance and added, "You cannot come to power
merely by divisive slogans".