Bihar govt to demand increased allocation of funds from Centre
The Bihar government will urge the
15th Finance Commission to raise the allocation of tax revenue
shared by the states on the pattern of the 11th Finance
Commission recommendations, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar
Modi has said.
It will also demand that henceforth the entire
expenditure for disaster management in Bihar be borne by the
Centre, he said in a statement here.
A team of the 15th Finance Commission, led by its
Chairman N K Singh, will be on a three-day tour of Bihar from
Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the finance
portfolio, said in the statement yesterday, "The 11th Finance
Commission had fixed allocation of 12.589 per cent of the tax
revenue shared by the states which was slashed to 9.6 per cent
by the 14th Finance Commission".
The deputy chief minister also alleged that the 14th
Finance Commission had "allocated Rs 2,591 crore for Bihar for
disaster management, though the outlay for states like
Maharashtra and Rajasthan was much higher at Rs 8,195 crore
and Rs 6,094 crore respectively.
"This was despite the fact that we face both
droughts and floods everywhere. The floods last year involved
an expenditure of about Rs 5,000 crore. We would demand that
Bihar be borne by the Centre".
The state government, he said, will submit a
memorandum and make a presentation before the team on July 12.
The state government will also discuss with the
visiting team various schemes under the agricultural road map
and seven resolutions of CM Nitish Kumar, he added.
During the three-day visit, the commission members
will have meetings with the state ministers, political
parties, panchayati raj organizations, urban local bodies and
representatives of industry and trade. PTI NAC
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