PATNA: Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday claimed that works worth only Rs 1,559 crore, out of the special package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 for Bihar, were completed in five years making it a "zero package".
In the run-up to the Bihar Assembly polls in 2015, the prime minister had announced a mega economic package of Rs 1.25 lakh crore in central funds for the state.
Terming Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as 'jumlebaz' (who gives false promises) and 'dhokhebaz' (betrayer) respectively, Surjewala alleged in a press conference here that that the two leaders have provided a 'nakara raj' (worthless government) to the people of the state.
"The jumla package of Modi ji and Nitish Babu has become a zero package and a bunch of lies. Out of the Rs 1.25 lakh crore package, works worth a paltry sum of Rs 1,559 crore could be executed in the past five years," he claimed.
Out of the Rs 1.25 lakh crore, the government earmarked Rs 54,713 crore for road and bridge projects, said Surjewala, who was recently named chairman of the party's election management committee.
A number of national highways, bridges over rivers Ganga, Sone and Kosi, besides 12 railway overbridges were to be built as part of the road projects, the Congress leader said.
But, as per the information given by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, out of 44 national highways that were to be built in the past five years, works on 27 were not completed while detailed projects reports (DPR) could not be prepared for the remaining 17, he claimed.
On why the road projects could not be undertaken or completed, the Centre gave excuses that land acquisition was not carried out, contractors did not work, environmental clearances were not given to the projects, Surjewala said.
These were stated by the central government in Parliament on February 10 this year, he said.
Besides, road projects worth Rs 26,997.37 crore were either shelved or DPR was not prepared, he said.
Enlisting other projects which are the part of PMs package but was not undertaken, he said that not a brick was laid to set up a central university at the historic place of Vikramshila in Bhagalpur, while the skill development university also remained a non-starter in five years.
The Rs 10,000 crore Buxar thermal power plant, for which an MoU was signed in 2013 during the UPA regime, has been kept on the backburner, the chief spokesman of the Congress said.
Attacking both the prime minister and the Bihar chief minister who is also the JD(U) boss, Surjewala said that the Modi government refused to construct a museum on Lord Ram and Goddess Sita at Punaura Dham in Sitamarhi district, considered as her birthplace.
The Centre could sanction just Rs 37 crore for 'Ramayan Circuit tourism project as against the announcement for giving Rs 100 crore for the purpose, he said.
"Those who could not even be loyal to Siyaram (Sita and Ram), cannot be loyal to anyone," Surjewala alleged andRead More – Source