Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday said he expects that the long-awaited special status would be granted to the state this year, paving the way for further acceleration of the pace of development.
"I am confident of the Centre extending fuller support to Bihar," Kumar told reporters on the occasion of New Year.
The special status would lead to more Central assistance and remove obstacles in the way of providing coal linkage for the proposed thermal power plants in the state.
Wishing the people a happy and prosperous 2011, he urged them and leaders of all opposition parties to cooperate with his government in obtaining the special status for Bihar.
Kumar said efforts for exerting pressure on the Centre to meet the demand would be further intensified this year.
"It is a matter related to the progress of Bihar and the state Assembly and state Legislative Council had unanimously adopted a resolution and sent it to the Centre for consideration," he added.