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LS passes Rs 1,242.71 cr extra expenditure for Jharkhand

The Lok Sabha today passed the demands for an extra expenditure of Rs 1,242.71 crore for Jharkhand, now under President`s rule, for the current financial year.



New Delhi: The Lok Sabha today passed the
demands for an extra expenditure of Rs 1,242.71 crore for
Jharkhand, now under President`s rule, for the current
financial year.

The Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2010-11 sought
extra outlay of Rs 376.49 crore for the Rural Development
Department and Rs 298.61 crore for the secondary, primary and
public education department in Jharkhand.

For disaster management department of the state extra Rs
264.47 crore has been approved.

An additional demand of Rs 63.91 crore has been sanctioned
for the law department, while the road construction department
has got Rs 60 crore extra.

Replying to the debate on the Demand for Grants, Minister
of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said the additional
burden of expenditure would be met through better tax
enforcement.

To a question on Panchayat elections in the state, Meena
said the exercise was expected to be carried out by year end.
He admitted that no Panchayat elections have been held in
the state for the last 30 years.

Earlier, participating in the debate, BJP member Pashupati
Nath Singh charged the Congress with destablising Jharkhand,
which according to him was the key reason for lack of progress
in the state.

Rejecting the charge, Congress member Adhir Ranjan
Choudhury said it was the BJP which was in power for a
majority of the period in the 10-year-old state.

Jharkhand was placed under President`s rule after NDA
withdrew support from the JMM after its chief Shibu Soren
voted in favour of UPA in the Cut Motion in Lok Sabha during
the Budget Session.

Shailendra Kumar (SP) said his party was against creation
of smaller states as experiences have shown they are
politically more unstable.

Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, an Independent
member from Chaibasa, attacked the NDA for dubbing him as a
"plunderer" of state resources and praised the UPA for its
"pro-tribal" policies.

"This Independent member, when supporting the NDA
government, was good. But the moment I spoke against you (NDA)
I became a plunderer," he said.

Koda, who is jailed on corruption and money laundering
charges, also claimed that Naxalism spread in the state during
the NDA rule.

He credited the UPA for protecting and strengthening the
traditional tribal systems of the state.

-PTI

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