Bihar`s per capita income much below national average: Centre
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:06
New Delhi: The government on Wednesday said that Bihar's per capita income is much below the national average.

"The per capita income of the state of Bihar is much less vis-a-vis the national average," Minister for Coal and Statistics and Programme Implementation Sriprakash Jaiswal told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

The minister said the annual per capita income of Bihar in 2008-09 was Rs 13,663, compared to the national average of Rs 37,490, as per the estimates of the Directorate of Economics and Statistics (DES).

"The variations in per capita income are largely due to historical differences in initial conditions, natural resource endowments, level of industrialisation and difference in human capital indicators, viz. education, health, etc," Jaiswal said.

The statement on the state's per capita income comes on a day when the JD(U)-BJP combine led by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar successfully contested assembly elections to retain power in the state for the second consecutive five-year term, trouncing other major political parties by an even larger margin than last time.

The government, Jaiswal said, "has been taking several measures to increase the per capita income of states in a balanced manner."

The initiatives, he added, "include plan and non-plan transfer of resources from the Centre to states favouring less developed states, tax incentives for setting up of private industries in backward regions, etc."

The programmes that have been undertaken by the government to reduce income disparity between the states are Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF), Hill Area Development Programme and Border Area Development Programme.


First Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 20:06

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