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Bihar growth rate doubled during brief period of Mahagathbandhan govt: Report


PATNA: The growth rate of Bihar doubled during the brief 20-month-old tenure of the three-party Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) government which collapsed on July 26 this year, according to an official report.

“At current price, the state has registered more than double the growth at 14.82 percent in compassion to corresponding figure last year,” Bihar chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh told the media on Friday.

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The chief secretary made this announcement at the end of the review meeting of the planning department presided over by chief minister Nitish Kumar.

This is indeed a big achievement given the fact that the state registered a dramatic fall in Bihar’s growth trajectory at 7.14 percent for the financial year, 2015-16.

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It is worth mentioning here that Finance Department was by headed by a RJD minister Abdul Bari Siddiqui.

The growth rate seems to be a direct comparison between the government under the full control of Nitish Kumar in 2015-16 (ie April 2015 to March 2016) to the Grand Alliance government which remained in power from November 2015 to July 2017.

The government’s report appears to be confirming Bihar opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav’s allegations that Nitish Kumar spoiled the state’s development by forming four governments in a period of four years in between June 2013 to July 2017.

Shivanand Tiwari, former associate of Nitish Kumar, said the report has trashed the allegations by the JD-U-BJP that Bihar’s development has got affected under the Grand Alliance government comprising the RJD led by Lalu Prasad, JD-U and the Congress party.

Nitish Kumar’s men too had alleged that the Bihar’s growth was getting affected owing to “increased interference” of Lalu Prasad in the government but the double growth rate says such allegations were only “fake”.

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