PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today hailed the Union Budget, terming it good for the poor and the farmers.
Kumar’s JD-U is a constituent of the ruling NDA headed by the BJP at the Centre .
“I could not listen to the entire budget speech of (Finance Minister Arun Jaitely) but heard the parts relating to agriculture, health and education. The finance minister deserves applause on these counts,” he told reporters at Patna.
Especially, he was appreciative of the Rs five lakh healthcare cover for 10 crore poor families, describing it as a “huge initiative”.
He, however, maintained silence over the Central government not granting special packages to backward states such as Bihar.