Bihar Package, Another Bluff By BJP?
Patna: On August 18th, during Bihar elections campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 1.25 lakh crores as special package for the state receiving huge applause from crowd. Its 18 months over, not a single paisa was allotted to the state up to now as per the RTI.
Anil Galgali, Mumbai based RTI Activist, filed the query on this issue in Dec 2016 with the Union Finance Ministry. Query sought details of massive packages to various states, and action taken till date.
Anand Parmar, Deputy Director in Finance Ministry, declined to provide direct reply to RTI query on the special package to Bihar. But he made the position clear by saying it will be cleared in phased manner though not a single paisa was released till date.
Galgali termed this as another jumla and reacted strongly by saying so many jumlas were shown to 125 crores Indian population by BJP, but the Government’s own figures prove that the promises were only on paper. In this background, how can Modi’s promises be taken seriously, he asked.
Same doubts bother the people in Andhra Pradesh. Those who have strong sentiments about special status and special package should watch Bihar episode before taking ruling party seriously in the context of next elections.