Cabinet approves Rs 12,000-cr Package for Bihar


The Congress-led UPA has decided to play its cards to woo Nitish Kumar and JD(U) ahead of the 2014 polls. The Union Cabinet has approved a package of Rs 12,000 crore for Bihar under the Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF).

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It could be recalled that Bihar had received just Rs 5,500 crore during the previous plan period. So, the Rs 12,000-cr package is seen as a significant change in Centre’s stand on Bihar. However, Nitish Kumar had sought a Rs 20,000-cr package for his state this time.

On the contrary, Odisha received just Rs 1,250 crore package for the development of its backward regions, including the KBK.

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