Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday called for a separate budget for Indian Railways in Parliament, saying it was of great importance. Kumar, who served as railway minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, said the government used to provide numerous jobs through a separate railway budget earlier and it was discussed in all newspapers.
Nitish Kumar told reporters in Nalanda, “When I was the railway minister, we gave countless jobs to people. When the rail budget was presented in Parliament, it was discussed in all the newspapers.”
“I want a separate railway budget to be presented in the House. It is of great importance,” he added.
The Rail Budget was merged into the Union Budget in 2017 and since then it has been presented as the flagship budget by the Finance Minister.
The central government is in the process of finalizing the budget document to be presented on February 1. The formal exercise of preparing the annual budget for the next financial year began on October 10. The next Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held in April-May 2024. The upcoming budget is likely to be the last full budget of the Modi government in its second term.
The Janata Dal (United) leader reiterated his long-standing demand for special status for Bihar.
Nitish Kumar said, “Since I was an MLA, I have always listened to people’s problems. I go to places, sit with people and solve their problems. We always give special status to Bihar. They have been demanding to give.”
He also welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss petitions challenging the caste survey conducted by his government, saying the exercise was meant to benefit all sections of the society. to deliver
“I was shocked when I first came to know that a petition had been filed against the survey. I read in a newspaper that the petitioner belonged to Bihar Sharif (district headquarters of Nalanda). To find out what’s wrong by doing. With surveys,” Kumar said.
“All the political parties in the state were unanimously of the opinion that the survey should be conducted. Moreover, it is intended to benefit all sections of the society. It is also a caste survey (jatiya ganana) and not a census (jin ganana). )) said the CM.