The Bihar Post

Another setback to Nitish as Finance panel defers visit to Bihar, no reason cited

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PATNA: In another setback to the chief minister Nitish Kumar, the proposed visit of the 15th Finance Commission to Bihar has been postponed.

The Commission headed by its chairman NK Singh was to reach Bihar on July 10 on four-day visit.

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“The visit has been postponed due to unavoidable reasons,” Bihar chief secretary Deepak Kumar told the media on Thursday.

Media reports said the state government had made extensive arrangements for the Commission’s visit and planned to submit a detailed memorandum, urging the finance panel to raise allocation of tax revenue.

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In May, the Assembly Speaker and the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) even convened an all-party meeting over the issue at which it was unanimously decided to submit a memorandum to the Commission.

The government was also planning to seek Special Category status to Bihar.

The cancellation of visit has given another opportunity to the opposition to hit out at the Nitish Kumar government.

“Nitish Kumar had returned to the NDA over the issue of Bihar’s development but see how the Narendra Modi government is ignoring the demands of the state government,” Congress alleged.

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