Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, says the Centre's squeeze on spending on rural development, roads and healthcare will severely impact poorer states like Bihar.

Modi says: "It is unfortunate that in the middle of loud, repeated discussions on a higher growth rate, containing the fiscal deficit or managing the current account deficit, this clear indifference of the union finance minister towards some critical components of the development agenda is lost, leaving the states in dire straits." Read More