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After a meagre budget proposal for Bihar, the state Chief Minister, who has recently aligned himself with the Bharatiya Janata Party, has raised his asking the central government to liberally allocate funds to his state which reflects the JDU-BJP alliance in Bihar.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, while addressing a function on Sunday said, "We (BJP and JDU) have come together. It must also reflect (in the allocation of funds). Bihar is a big state with 38 districts and 101 sub-divisions and you (Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad) are saying Rs 50-60-70 crore will be given to it to strengthen the subordinate judiciary.... It will not serve the purpose."
The chief minister was addressing a function to launch the 'Tele Law: Mainstreaming Legal Aid Through Common Service Centre' scheme.
As per the scheme, which was launched in the state today, a common villager can have access to legal aid services with the help of the para-legal volunteers at the Common Service Centre (CSC), which would be equipped with computers and Internet facility.
Talking about the budget, the Chief Minister cited the requirements of the state in terms of budget saying, that the state's budget has increased from 25-26 thousand in 2005-06 to 1.40 lakh now.
He said, "If you (Centre) want to give to the state, allocate funds liberally...I am talking about the funds for strengthening the subordinate judiciary."
"Bihar has been given Rs 50 crore in 2016-17 for strengthening the subordinate judiciary. I will increase it to Rs 60-70 crore the next time, provided a utilisation certificate is furnished by the authority concerned," he said.
In his address, he told the people that his government has already sanctioned Rs 169 crore for the expansion project of the Patna High Court.
This was the first large scale function in the state capital after the formation of the JD(U)-BJP-led NDA government in Bihar, where a Union minister and the chief minister shared the dais.