Extra resources for Bihar, not spl status: Plan Panel

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 21:42

Patna: Notwithstanding the denial of special
category status to Bihar, the Centre has a substitute plan for
the state to cope up with development deficit, Deputy Chairman
of Planning Commission M S Ahluwalia said on Wednesday.

"Special state status can`t be ensured for one state as
there are various technicalities involved. The chief minister
(Nitish Kumar) has raised the demand, but the issue is the
sole discretion of the National Development Council which has
laid down certain criteria for it," Ahluwalia told reporters
here after meeting Kumar.
Noting that special state status only secured extra
resources, Ahluwalia said "we have a special Bihar plan as a
substitute which we want to enhance to cope with the
development deficit, an issue raised by the chief minister."

The Planning Commission, he said, had no role in giving
special status as it was accorded according to norms approved
by the NDC, pointing out that some other states had made a
similar demand.

"Bihar has made significant improvement all these years
in almost all sectors and it needs extra resources for growth
which we have recommended this year," Ahluwalia said.

"We will also try to mobilise the central agencies for
speeding up work under the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran
Yojana (RGGVY) and flood protection," he said, adding the
commission had recommended extra resources for reaching
critical help to the state.
Asked about the state`s demand for special package for
floods, the deputy chairman said he would discuss the issue
after returning to Delhi.

"Long term measure for flood protection is being
discussed at the Planning Commission which has just created a
national mission," he added.

Kumar said the Planning Commission had recommended
doubling the allocation of funds under the Shram Vikas Yojana
from Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 2,000 crore this year and approved
the proposals for funds for revival and modernisation of the
Barauni and Kanti thermal power plants.

In reply to a question on the plan size for the state,
Kumar said "we have to increase the plan outlay for which we
made a request to Ahluwalia."

He said the Planning Commission`s help has also been
sought following the indications of reduction in the state`s
share in central taxes in 2009-10.

A wide ranging issues, including plan expenditure to work
going on in other sectors came up during the meeting, Kumar
said.

Special problems relating to floods, power, education,
hospitals, lack of doctors, use of water and coal linkages for
projects were also discussed, he added.

The Chief minister said that the Planning Commission
had recommended doubling the allocation of funds under the Sam
Vikas Yojana from Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 2,000 crore this year
and approved the state`s proposals for funds for revival and
modernisation of the Barauni and Kanti thermal power plants.

In reply to a question on the plan size for the state,
Kumar said "we have to increase the plan outlay for which we
made a request to Ahluwalia."

He said that Ahluwalia`s help has also been sought
following the indications of reduction in the state`s share in
central taxes 2009-10.
He said wide-ranging issues ranging from plan
expenditure to work going on in other sectors came up during
the meeting.

Special problems relating to floods, power, education,
hospitals, lack of doctors, use of water and coal linkages for
projects were also discussed, he said.

The state government in its report said after division
of Bihar, a special plan was formulated for the state and
Rs 8,297 crore were sanctioned for road, power, irrigation
besides assiging work to central agencies for which Rs 1000
crore additional allocation was needed.

The state government emphasised on the need for stepping
up annual allocation.

Besides, several steps have been taken for improving
healthcare system with appointment of 1,757 doctors, 10,618
nurses, 477 health managers and 69000 ASHAS with thrust on
capacity expansion of hospitals, opening new PHCs and sub
centres and introducing institutional delivery system.

"We are making a headway in improvement of
infrastrructure with much focus on road and power sectors,"
officials told Ahluwalia during the meeting at Secretariat
here.

IGP (Meerut zone) Javed Akhtar and Commissioner (Meerut
division) Shravan Kumar controlled the situation at the
village. Heavy police force and CRPF have been deployed in
Simbhaoli and affected villages, sources said.

DM R Ramesh Kumar has ordered a magisterial inquiry into
the incident.

Meanwhile, MM Baig has been posted as the new SP (rural)
and Rahul Srivastava as the DSP.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 - 21:42

More from zeenews

 
comments powered by Disqus