Nitish writes to PM, seeks special status once again


Patna,(BiharTimes): Raising once again the issue of special category status for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has urged the Prime Minister to constitute an expert group in this regard.
In a letter, which he handed over to Manmohan Singh, during his meeting with him in New Delhi on December 6, he wrote Bihar would need at least 30 years to catch up with the national average because its per capita income is one-third of the country. Besides, it has low development indices in core sectors.

A copy of the six-page letter was made available to the media on Sunday.

The letter contested a report of the Inter-Ministerial Group set up by the PM that rejected the state’s plea for special status but suggested that the state’s development deficit needs special
resource to overcome economic and infrastructural backwardness.

The CM’s letter said while the per capita income of non-special category states in 2009-10 was Rs 914, the share of Bihar was a meagre Rs 465.

He pointed out that Bihar also has the lowest per capita spending on education, health, social and other economic services.




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