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After remaining silent for 2 years, Nitish again raises demand for special status to Bihar



New Delhi: Bihar chief minister Ntish Kumar on Saturday once again raised the demand for granting special category status to the state citing state’s backwardness.

Strangely, the chief minister placed this demand after remaining constantly silent for about two years since he returned to the NDA in July 2017.

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“Grant of special status to Bihar will enhance the central share of the centrally sponsored schemes on one hand, on the other it will also ensure reimbursement of GST at par with the states having special category status which will encourage private investment, setting up of industries, creating new employment opportunities and improving the quality of life of the people,” Kumar said.

Kumar made these points while speaking at the 5th meeting of the Governing Council of the NITI Aayog in New Delhi on Saturday.

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He said the per capita income of the state is much lower in comparison to the per capita income of other developed states and the national average.

Speaking on the occasion, he also cited the recommendations of the Raghuram Rajan Committee constituted by the Union Government, which presented the overall growth index for the states, according to which the 10 most backward states of the country including Bihar were identified.

It was also mentioned in the report, he added, that the Central Government may provide central assistance in other form to increase the pace of development in the most backward states.

He said an analysis of data on inter-regional and interstate variations on levels of development makes it clear that some states are far below from the national average on multiple parameters of development like per capita income, education, health, electricity, institutional finance and other indices of Human Development

“Any rational economic strategy should foster both investment and devolution patterns which would enable these States to reach the national average within a stipulated time frame. Our demand for Special Category Status for Bihar emanates from this very premise,” he asserted.

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