Nitish Kumar, the chief minister if Bihar says that the Bihar package announced by the prime minister is nothing more than “mere repackaging of old schemes” and part of “package politics” before the upcoming assembly polls in the state.
“It is not a special package for Bihar as there is nothing special and new. This is purely a repackaging of old projects and schemes in view of coming polls,” Nitish Kumar was quoted saying to a press conference.
“A closer look reveals that against the claim of Rs.1.25 lakh crore, at least Rs.1.08 lakh crore-worth of projects is nothing but a mere repackaging of old schemes,” he said.
“Further, a few new line items, totalling to the tune of about Rs.6,000 crore, are part of the package for which there is not even a shred of evidence of planning or work on ground,” he added.
“Thus, in totality, at the very best, the so-called Rs.1.25 lakh crore package will not provide anything more than Rs.10,368 crore as additional or incremental resource to the state of Bihar.
“This, Rs.10,368 crore, too in the absence of a defined timeline or disbursement modalities, hardly means anything to the state,” the Janata Dal-United leader added.
Nitish Kumar further said that : “It is my duty as chief minister to expose the truth and facts of the special package announced by Modi. Now PM Modi should explain to the people about the facts that I have put before the people’s court.”
Further he said that: “It is in the interest of the country’s democracy and interest of Bihar and its people to know the truth,” he said.