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Posted On : 16 Mar, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : Patna 
Rs 28,117.23 cr made available out of Rs 1.25 lakh cr package
The Bihar government today said Rs 28,117.23 crore has been made available so far by the Centre for 30 schemes out of special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore for the state announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Assembly poll in 2015.

Out of this sum of Rs 28,117.23 crore, a sum of Rs 6608.77 crore has been spend so far, senior Bihar minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh Lallan informed the state Legislative council.

"In this way out of special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore announced by the PM, schemes worth Rs 96,885.77 crore has yet not been implemented," the minister said replying on a call attention motion of JD(U) MLC Niraj Kumar.

Singh, who is senior JD(U) leader and Water Resources minister in Grand Alliance government headed by Nitish Kumar, gave detail of the current status of the special package.

In addition to Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package,the PM had also announced an additional Rs 40,000 crore of earlier packages, raising the total money to Rs 1.65 lakh crore.

The special package of the PM was a major poll plank of the NDA during 2015 state elections which they ultimately lost to coalition of JD(U), RJD and Congress.

While, the minister was narrating details of the special package, some BJP members asked the minister not to kill time of the House by taking so much time reading the details so that other issues could be discussed.

Making a scathing attack at the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the minister said that out of Rs 8282 crore as part of BRGF (Backward Regional Grant Fund) only Rs 3,216.93 crore has been made available so far.

He further said that out of Rs 20,000 crore announced for installation of Ultra Megapower plant at Banka, a meagre amount of Rs 20 crore has been allocated so far.

Singh gave break-up of the special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore announced by the PM on August 18, 2015 at a public meeting at Ara.

Out of this a sum of Rs 54,713.11 crore was marked for schemes related to construction of National Highways and bridges in Bihar, he said.

For programmes concerning Rural development Rs 13,820.00 crore was earmarked, for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rs 21,476.00 crore, Civil Aviation Rs 2,700 crore, Higher Education Rs 1000 crore, Skill development Rs 1550 crore, Agriculture Rs 3094 crore, Railway Rs 8870 crore, Energy Rs 16,130 crore, Communication-Digital Bihar Rs 449 crore, Tourism and Health Rs 600 crore each totalling Rs 1.25 lakh crore.

As a follow up action, Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley had on August 28, 2015 and later on September 18, 2015 written a letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to intimate him about the special package, the minister said.