PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar today sought for framing of a policy which allows the backward states grow at par with the developed ones.
“You should frame such a policy which takes cares of the backward states like Bihar and helps them match with the growth of the developed one,” Kumar demanded from the centre today, addressing the masses to mark the 70th Independence Day at the Patna’s Gandhi Maidan today.
He also sought for grant of special category status to Bihar while asking the masses to take a pledge to bring the state in the list of developed states.
Kumar also subtly contested CSO estimate of a sharp decline in growth rate of Bihar, asserting that the state was marching ahead on the path of development.
“In 2005-06, when the people of state gave me the opportunity to serve for the first time, the size of annual budget was Rs 22,600 crore which increased to Rs 1.44 lakh crore in current budget for 2016-17.
“Also, the plan expenditure has increased from Rs 4,300 crore to Rs 53,400 core in the past one decade whereas tax collection has increased from 3,500 crore to Rs 25,400 crore. How did this tax collection increase if there was no development?” asked Kumar adding if someone failed to see the economic development he couldn’t help them.
Saying he was committed to development, Kumar said the state was on the part to progress and prosperity.
He appealed to the masses to help maintain peace and communal harmony in the state to put the state on the path to growth.
Further, he thanked the masses for giving him another opportunity to serve the state.