Patna: The Congress on Friday said the Centre has doubled its allocation to Bihar since 2004 and alleged that the Nitish Kumar government poorly utilised the central funds in execution of development schemes.
"The UPA government has been generous to Bihar by significantly increasing allocation of funds to the state under various plan heads and contingency situations, but the NDA government has been ungratefully criticising the former," the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC) president Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Kaiser told reporters here.
The data about the central allocation to Bihar over the years and a comparative analysis of who between the NDA and UPA made been more liberal towards the state could not be undermined by the propaganda being unleashed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, he said.
Kaiser accused the NDA government of "poor utilisation of the central funds in execution of various development projects and welfare schemes and said that the two specific central flagship programmes like the Indira Awas Yojana and MNRERA became a victim of `corruption raj` of the NDA regime."
On allegation that the Centre did not give adequate funds for relief and rehabilitation of flood-affected people of the state following breach of Kusaha embankment on Kosi river two years ago, he said that the Centre did provide Rs 800 crore to the Bihar, but the state government failed to fully utilise the money to an extent that Rs 182 crore still remained
unspent as of the day.
Regarding Kumar`s challenge to the Congress chief Sonia Gandhi for a debate with him on the Centre`s funding of Bihar and other assistances to it, the BPCC president said
that he was prepared to take up the cudgel on behalf of the party high command for such a debate with the former at any time and any place, including the Gandhi Maidan.
On the Centre`s silence on the Bihar government`s demand for about Rs 5000 crore fund to deal to deal with drought, Kaiser alleged that the latter decided to declare the
entire state as drought-hit with an eye on the assembly polls, but even then the Centre was open to consideration of financial assistance to the state.
The Central teams have visited the state to inspect the impact of drought in the state due to deficient rains and said that the UPA government will decide on the quantum on
funds to be given to the state based on the report of the visiting officials, he said.