Prime Minister announcing a whopping Rs 1.25 lakh crore package in 2015 just ahead of Bihar polls, had become a topic of intense media scrutiny after his rivals mocked him for making alleged fake promise to win elections.
18 months on, Bihar continues to wait for the promised money. The BJP had lost Bihar elections.
An RTI reply by the Union Finance Ministry has said that no money has been allocated to Bihar as part of the financial package announced by Modi.
Mumbai RTI activist Anil Galgali, according to IANS, had filed the query with the Union finance ministry in December 2016 seeking details of Modi’s assurances on massive financial aid or development packages to various states.
He also sought details of the action taken on the financial packages.
Anand Parmar, deputy director in finance ministry, reportedly declined to provide a direct reply to his RTI query.
“About the Rs 125,003-crore special package for Bihar, announced by PM for August 18, 2015 Parmar’s terse reply said that ‘the projects/works will be completed in a phased manner’ though not a paisa has been released till date,” Galgali was quoted as saying.
He added, “It is a shame that assurances to Bihar given by none other than the country’s Prime Minister, has failed with no action in the matter since one-and-half years.”
Terming it as yet yet another jumla, the RTI activist said, “So many ‘jumlas’ have been shown to the 125 crore Indian population by the ruling BJP. But, the government’s own figures belie their tall claims, so how can they be taken seriously.”