Energy dept budget passed in Bihar
Patna: Bihar legislative assembly on Thursday passed the energy department’s budget of Rs 8,436.89 crore by voice vote amid ruckus and walkout by the BJP members.
Energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, who tabled the budget and replied to the debate on cut motion moved by BJP MLA Vinod Narayan Jha, listed generation, transmission, distribution, connection and collection as the five important factors in the power sector. “Power and communication are the basic requirements for the development of any region,” Yadav said.
The minister also pitched for abolition of regional tariff system and said a national tariff system should be put in place by the Union government. “I have also taken up the same with the Union power minister as backward states end up paying more in the existing system,” Yadav said.
Targeting the BJP MLAs for claiming Bihar was receiving increased power due to PM Narendra Modi, Yadav said, “Our Constitution provides for federal nature of governance and power is not the sole responsibility of the state. It is not only ‘Modi ji ki bijlee’ as you are claiming. I have heard of no technology where power can be generated in 9 months. It needs at least three years to reach the people.” The Ultra Mega Power Plant (UMPP) announced by the Centre at Banka is not a favour to Bihar, he added.