Patna: Finance minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav presented the Bihar appropriation Bill (2) to facilitate withdrawal of Rs 1172 crore from the treasury. He also presented the first supplementary budget of Rs 13,495 crore. Out of this, Rs 1000 crore would be used for construction of roads and Rs 783 crores on CM constituency development schemes. Rs 140 crore would be spent on providing relief to the victims of terrorism, communal and Maoist violence.
Speaking on the budget demands, Prem Kumar of BJP said there was power shortage in the state. He also highlighted the kanwariyas’ problems en route from Sultanganj to Deoghar and said they were not getting basic facilities on the 110km route. He regretted that development of the state suffered since June last year when JD (U) parted ways with the BJP.
Meanwhile, RJD MLA from Jagdishpur Dinesh Kumar Singh continued his dharna on the assembly premises for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. He is demanding water for irrigation in Bhojpur district. Parliamentary affairs minister Shrawan Kumar and panchayati raj minister Binod Kumar Yadav met him with a request to end dharna. They promised the government would try to meet his demand. Speaker Uday Narain Chaudhury also tried to persuade him to end his dharna.
Dinesh told mediapersons he had been raising the issue of drought in Bhojpur daily, but the government remained indifferent. Water from Sone canal was not being released, he said.
A doctor examined the agitating MLA when he complained of low blood pressure. He did not leave the place even during early morning drizzle or scorching sun in the noon.