Sachin Pilot slams Bihar govt for misusing central funds



Patna: Union Minister of State for Communications and Technology Sachin Pilot today charged the NDA government in Bihar with gross misuse and loot of central funds worth Rs 11,412 crore under MNREGA and other flagship programmes for the poor people.

As much of as Rs 11,412 of the over Rs 95,000 crore allocated to the state by the Centre for implementation of central flagship programmes, including MNREGA, have been misused and looted by the state government to deprive the poor people of their dues, he told reporters here.

A day after the Patna High Court had ordered a CBI probe into misappropriation and illegal withdrawal of Rs 11,412 crore from state treasury by the state governments since 2002, Pilot demanded a speedy investigation by the central agency to bring the culprits to book.

"The NDA government will not succeed in either influencing or creating obstacles in the way of the CBI investigation into the alleged misappropriation of the central funds", the Union Minister said.

Pilot, who arrived here on a two-day visit to boost the electoral prospects of the Congress in the forthcoming assembly polls, also castigated the NDA government, particularly Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, for misusing public money for publicity of its 'exaggerated' performance.

With the assembly polls round the corner, the state government has been wasting public money on advertisement and publicity to carry out a 'false propaganda' about its achievements and building an image for the Chief Minister and claimed that it will not bring a desired result in favour of the NDA at the hustings.

PTI