New Delhi: Congress may have criticised Chief
Minister Nitish Kumar during the Bihar Assembly elections last
year, but Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday had a word
of praise for the NDA government in the state for the "good
work" done in road projects.
"In development of state highways, good work has been
done," Mukherjee said in the Rajya Sabha winding up the debate
on the General Budget 2011-12.
The Centre had allocated Rs 3,075 crore for Bihar for
state highways out of Rs 8,750 crore given under the special
plan for the state.
However, on the demand for according special status to
Bihar, the Finance Minister said he or even the Prime Minister
was unable to do so.
He said this was the prerogative of the National
Development Council which comprises chief ministers and
union cabinet ministers, with the Prime Minister as its head.
Nitish Kumar returned as Chief Minister with an impressive
victory in November 2010 on the development plank with a lot
of work done in the road sector.
Mukherjee also complimented the NDA government at the
Centre for record production of milk during its tenure.