Patna: The JDU leaders demanding special status for Bihar feel disappointed with budget proposals for 2011-12. JDU MPs Ramchandra Prasad Singh and Ranjan Yadav on Monday said this budget would further add to problems in the economically backwards state of Bihar.

They said that the government does consider the ongoing developments in the state but is not ready to extend help to enhance the pace. Besides, they lamented that the Centre has allocated Rs 8000 crore each for North Eastern states and J&K but has ignored Bihar which is continually suffering from floods for the last four years.

Reacting to budget, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said it had sops only for the election-bound states and lacked announcements on the issue of tackling corruption and bringing back the black money stashed in banks abroad.

The state's demand for allocation of Rs 4000 crore per annum from the Centre under the B.R.G.F. in the next five plan period too has been ignored, he said, alleging that there was no proposal for promoting agriculture sector in the state which had agro-based economy.

The Chief Minister also expressed serious concerns over making provisions of fund for Food Security Bill and said the Centre had also failed to announce making available the cash subsidy to beneficiaries for distribution of foodgrains.

"The allocation of fund of Rs 21000 crore for Sarva Siksha Abhiyan is also too little to cater to the state's requirements", he alleged.

(JPN/ Bureau)