Pointing to the state government's commitment for a
developed Kosi belt, Kumar said, "We have already submitted a
detailed project report worth Rs 14,500 crore to the Centre
and now it is for the Centre to release the fund immediately
so that work can be taken up at the earliest."
The proposal was submitted three weeks ago, but the
Centre was yet to take a decision, he said. "If required I
will meet the prime minister again seeking early clearance of
the special package," Kumar told reporters here.
The JD(U) leader said the Centre was also requested to
make certain amendments in the norms and conditions of the
Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) as the state was facing a tough
task to provide houses to those whose dwellings were washed
away during the floods and make the vast-tract of land in the
He said since the deluge has been declared as a national
disaster, the Centre should think of giving Rs 1.50 Lakh for
reconstruction of each dwelling in the flood affected areas.
Kumar also denied allegations that government run relief
camps were being closed down and said that such camps will
continue to function till required.
The Bihar Chief Minister also met 22 children selected by
an NGO 'Leads', in the age-group of 6 to 10 from the flood
affected districts of Madhepura and Saharsa, for free
education upto standard XII at a boarding school in Ranchi.
Patna, Nov 17: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
today demanded speedy release of Rs 14,500 crore
rehabilitation package for the development of flood ravaged
First Published: Monday, November 17, 2008, 00:00