Nitish demands Special Category status to Bihar, all backward States at Inter-State Council meet
PATNA: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today again raised the demand for granting special category status to Bihar at a meeting of the 11th Inter-State Council held in Delhi.
The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being held after a gap of 10 years.
Addressing the meeting Kumar sought for granting special category status to all the backward states so as to bring them on national mainstream in terms of development.
He said even after achieving double digit growth rate during the last so many years, Bihar still lagged behind the national average in major development parameters viz., poverty line, per capita income, industrialization and social and physical infrastructure.
However there are many other States which are as backward as Bihar, he claimed.
“Therefore, special category status is needed for Bihar and to all the other backward States so that they can come out of their backwardness and catch up with the national average. We have repeatedly raised this demand before the Central government,” Kumar asserted claiming States having been given special status had progressed on development scale.
In support of this demand, Kumar also mentioned the recommendations of Raghuram Rajan Committee in which composite development index was presented for States and accordingly ten least developed states were identified. Bihar also figured in the list.
It was mentioned in the report, he added, that the Central government should provide additional assistance to these least developed states to increase their pace of development.
“In light of the above, it is our request that Central government should raise the Central Share in various centrally sponsored developmental and welfare schemes, so that the States have the opportunity to utilize their own resources for other developmental and welfare schemes,” he sought.
The chief minister also sought relaxation in Central taxes for the States so that private investments could get a boost and new employment opportunities are generated.
Image Caption: Chief Ministers of various Indian states attending the 11th Inter-State Council meeting in Delhi on Saturday