CM spoke in detail on the budget in Saharsa
Taking sarcasm while answering questions asked by journalists during his public relations program Samadhan Yatra in Saharsa district, JD(U) leader Kumar said in Bihari accent that it is time for voting, isn’t it? Prior to Kumar’s comment, State Finance Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said on the proposed increase in the income tax exemption limit that the maximum benefit in this budget has been given to the rich, whose income is high. Chowdhary was with Nitish Kumar. In the budget presented on Wednesday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to reduce the highest surcharge rate on personal income tax from 37 per cent to 25 per cent and increase the tax exemption limit to Rs 7 lakh in the new income tax regime.
Nitish suddenly spoke openly
Nitish had termed the budget disappointing on Wednesday. He expressed disappointment over the low budgetary allocation for schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme (MNREGA), Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi and Pradhan Mantri Krishi Samman Yojana. He said that the amount of important schemes has been cut in the Union Budget. He said that the amount of MNREGA and Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana has been reduced in this budget, it is not right. He said that MNREGA is a very old scheme, this scheme is very important for development. He said that a provision of Rs 73,000 crore was made for MNREGA in 2022-23, now it has been reduced to Rs 60,000 crore. Nitish Kumar said that in the same way a provision of Rs 68 thousand crore was made for Prime Minister Kisan Samman Nidhi in 2022-23, which has now been reduced to Rs 60,000 crore. He said that in this way a reduction of Rs 8,000 crore has been made in this scheme this time.
Furious over reducing the amount of irrigation scheme
He said that the amount of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana has also been reduced by Rs 2,167 crore. He said that in the same way the amount of many schemes has been reduced. He said that Rs 600 crore has been reduced in the National Education Mission, while less amount has been allocated in the health sector. Nitish Kumar said that like Bihar’s Saat Nischay Yojana, these people have talked about starting the Saptarishi Yojana. We have been running the Saat Nischay Yojana in Bihar for a long time. Now Saat Nischay-2 is being run in Bihar. There is nothing special in the Saptarishi scheme. He said that no work is being done by the central government in the interest of the people. He said that the amount of important schemes for rural areas has been cut. He said that there is nothing in the budget for a poor state like Bihar. Our demand has not been accepted. The demands placed by Bihar Finance Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary in the meeting with the Union Finance Minister have not been fulfilled.
CM lashed out at Sushil Modi
On the statement of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushil Kumar Modi that Bihar got a lot in the Union Budget, Chief Minister Kumar said where has Bihar got anything. Why do you ask us on his (Sushil Kumar Modi’s) statement, he will keep on speaking like this. He said that the amount of important schemes has been cut in the Union Budget. He said that we were seeking 4.5 per cent fiscal deficit. These people did not increase that too. It has been allowed to remain at three percent only. Had it been so, we could have taken a loan from outside in the interest of our state as well, but it has not been increased at all. Nitish Kumar said that in the scheme of the central government, one part is of the central government while the other part is of the state government. He said that due to this, the state does not save money for working in its own interest. He said that the money of the state government is spent in the schemes of the central government, up to 40 percent of the funds in the central schemes are given by the state government.
self-sustaining central planning
He said that the central government should make central schemes on its own strength. He said that the name of the center is in the central scheme, while the money is also spent by the state government, when the state government spends its money in the central schemes, then the states should get central help. He said that a major part of the amount received by the states from the central government is spent in central schemes only. Kumar said that the most important thing is that if a state takes loan from outside for its development, then its limit should be increased, only then the states will develop. On the question of the benefit to Bihar due to increase in the size of the Rail Budget, the Chief Minister said that Bihar is not going to get anything in this, the amount of all important schemes has been cut. Kumar said that the states will have to arrange loans for their development. He said that we have been demanding special status for a long time but they (central government) are not listening. By getting the status of special state, other backward states like Bihar would also move forward. The development of the backward states leads to the development of the country itself.
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