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Budget 2019: Nitish cautions Modi over PPP initiative for raising rlys funds, Rabri rejects



PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar reacted with caution over the budget presented by Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Kumar lauded the Narendra Modi government’s budget setting the target for taking India’s economy to $5 trillion and launching “Har Ghar Jal” (Potable water for every home) quite similar to the one already being implemented in Bihar.

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But he issued a note of caution over Modi government’s proposal for raising funds for railway projects using the public-private partnership model.

“The budget talks about raising funds for railway projects through public-private partnership but this has to be seen the move doesn’t convey the message that the railways are being privatized,” the chief minister Nitish Kumar cautioned.

He lauded the government for encouraging use of electric vehicles and extending the solid waste management initiate at the village level for what he said were in the interest of environment.

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However, he especially welcomed the “Har Ghar Jal” initiate of the Centre, apparently finding it as the acceptance of his government programme being implemented in Bihar.

The chief minister had promised to provide piped water to every home during the 2015 assembly polls campaign when he was fighting the elections in alliance with Lalu Prasad’s RJD.

The main opposition RJD, however, rejected the budget.

“The budget has nothing for Bihar. The people of Bihar feel cheated, it has nothing to offer for women class even as every sector is being privatized,” remarked former chief minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi.

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