Bihar's economic growth best among major states in 11th Plan

Bihar's economic growth best among major states in 11th Plan New Delhi: Bihar has been the top performer among the major states in terms of economic growth during the 11th Five Year Plan which ended on March 31, 2012.

According to a Planning Commission report on state finances, only Sikkim and Goa, which are much smaller in size than Bihar, have performed better than the state.

The report reveals that the nominal gross state domestic product (GSDP) growth rate of Bihar was 21.9 percent during the 11th Plan spread over 2007 to 12.

None of the major states which include Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh could over 20 percent GSDP growth rate in nominal terms.

Among all the states and union territories, Sikkim recorded highest GSDP growth rate of 31.6 percent during the five year period followed by Goa at 22.9 percent.

The worst performers include Jharkhand which recorded GSDP growth rate of 9.2 percent followed by the Puducherry, Nagaland and Manipur (all below 11 percent).

In case of major states, Haryana clocked the GSDP growth rate of 19.5 percent followed by Rajasthan at 18 percent, Kerala at 16.9 percent, Madhya Pradesh 16.8 percent, Andhra Pradesh at 16.7 percent and West Bengal at 16.4 percent.

During the 11th Plan, Gujarat grew at 16 percent followed by Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh at 15.3 percent each.

PTI