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Slash in central funds to state

- BJP charges govt over unused money

Patna, July 22: The Centre has scaled down devolution of central funds to the state from Rs 42,443.86 crore in the UPA government’s interim budget in February to Rs 41,841.93 crore in Arun Jaitley’s budget on July 10, marking a shortfall of Rs 601.93 crore.

Finance minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav mentioned this fact while replying to the debate of the Bihar Appropriation (No. 2) Bill, 2014, passed by voice vote by the Assembly on Tuesday after the BJP staged a walkout.

“You were asking us why we shifted to jungle raj. This is why. The NDA government has been cutting down on our finances. But I would like to assure the people that our government would fulfil all its promises with its own resources,” taunted Bijendra, after the BJP MLAs had left. He, however, sought help from the BJP leaders to get more financial incentives for Bihar.

The appropriation bill is moved to seek permission from the House to withdraw the consolidated amount to be spent in the current financial year, in this case 2014-15. The total amount of Rs 1,17,292.73 crore is proposed to be withdrawn from the consolidated funds of Bihar for 2014-15. Of the total expenditure, revenue expenditure stands at Rs 92,172 crore and capital expenditure stands at Rs 25,120.73 crore. The state plan expenditure stands at Rs 57,392.44 crore (including central share of Centre-sponsored scheme).

The education department takes the lion’s share of expenditure, 21.07 per cent. The rural development department has been allotted 5.76 per cent, home department and energy department have been given 5.42 per cent each and the rural works department takes about 4.51 per cent of the expenditure. The road construction department has got 4.18 per cent and the health department has been given 4.10 per cent of the expenditure. The social welfare, panchayati raj and agriculture departments get 3.95, 3.69 and 2.41 per cents respectively, while others have got 39.49 per cent.

Among central schemes, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has been allotted Rs 6,885.50 crore and Indira Awas Yojana Rs 3,741 crore. MGNREGA has been given Rs 1,950 crore and midday meal scheme has been allotted Rs 1,685.29 crore. Bridge construction schemes have been given over Rs 2,567 crore and the Chief Minister’s Road Connectivity Scheme has been given Rs 2,049 crore.

The debate saw BJP launching a frontal attack by declaring that the government had not been able to spend even the previous year’s money.

The state government also tabled the fist supplementary budget for 2014-15 to the tune of over Rs 13,495 crore.