PATNA: The demand for a Special category status to Bihar has once again surfaced amid reports of slowdown thanks to the November 8 demonetisation drive launched by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.
However there is an interesting twist to the story this time. Instead of the Nitish Kumar government raising the issue, the demand had come from the Trade and Industry circles in Bihar.
“The state government needs extra incentives to boost industrialization process. At a time when corporate houses are reassessing their expansion and diversification plans, we need special category push along with a basket of special packages to attract Greenfield projects,” Bihar Industries Association president Ram Lall Khetan told the English daily Hindustan Times today.
The Bihar Chamber of Commerce made similar pitch. “If policy prohibits creation of new special category state, the Centre can address the demand by passing on benefits under special package umbrella,” BCC president PK Agrawal was quoted as saying in the same daily.
The Patna Centre of Builders’ Association of India chairman NK Thakur too supported the demand for special category status to fast-track development works and make the loss caused by the slowdown.
The JD-U which extensively raised the issue during the last Lok Sabha polls has suddenly put the issue on the back burner post getting power with the support from RJD and the Congress.