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Nitish Kumar accuses Centre of placing ‘ban’ on acquiring loans by poor states | India Information – Occasions of India

PATNA: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday accused the Narendra Modi-led NDA authorities of placing a “ban” on acquiring loans by poor states and likewise mentioned that by no means earlier than the Centre did “a lot interference” within the state issues.
Requested about Bihar’s expectations from the forthcoming Union Funds for FY 2023-24, Nitish mentioned, “We’ve got, for the reason that starting of his authorities, been demanding the standing of a particular class state for Bihar, nevertheless it was not granted. We are attempting our greatest to make Bihar a developed state. The Union authorities should be certain that all states and the nation get alternatives for improvement. In the event that they (folks on the Centre) wish to see Bihar as a developed state, they need to critically take into account granting the standing of particular class state to this backward area. We wish to execute extra works of improvement. For the reason that standing of a particular class state will not be being granted, we wish to take loans for our proposed improvement works, however they’ve put a ‘ban’ on acquiring loans. … It means, the poor states won’t be able to acquire loans and never progress additional.”
Though the CM didn’t elaborate, he made the assertion apparently referring to the proposed cap on states’ borrowing to three.5 per cent of GDP from the subsequent monetary yr.
Responding to media queries on the sidelines of an occasion on the native AN School, Nitish additionally mentioned that the folks on the centre are hardly doing something besides for his or her propaganda (prachar prasar). The Centre by no means made ‘a lot interference’ within the state issues, the CM mentioned, including, “What we’ll get from the Union finances, solely time will inform; however we’re doing no matter doable from our personal sources for the event of the state.”
Requested whether or not the BJP leaders on the Centre are creating extra bother for Bihar since his exit from the NDA in August final yr, Nitish mentioned, “They don’t have any intention to assist poor states, so they aren’t serving to us. They weren’t serving to our state even after we have been collectively within the NDA. They’re doing the identical even now.
Nitish additionally mentioned that the folks on the Centre are solely engaged in propaganda work in some chosen states the place they’re anticipating some political mileage. “However they won’t get any political profit,” Nitish claimed.
Requested about his demand for presenting a separate rail finances within the Parliament, Nitish, who earlier served because the railway minister within the Atal Bihari Vajpayee authorities, mentioned, “I need this to occur. You simply undergo the separate rail finances of earlier years. You’ll get full information. Earlier when a separate rail finances was introduced within the Parliament, an extended dialogue than the principle finances used to occur within the Home. Members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha used to participate in dialogue even on smaller objects of railway. Folks had big curiosity within the rail finances.”

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