Zee Media Bureau
Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday met Finance Minister P Chidamabarm and sought Rs 12,000 crores special package for his state.
The Bihar Chief Minister is also due to meet Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Friday to press for his demand.
Nitish Kumar`s meting the Finance Minister comes days after the Centre indicated that it was mulling to sanction a special package of Rs 12,000 crore for his state for the remaining period of the 12th Five Year Plan.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had already given its approval to continue the special plan for Bihar in the remaining four years (2013-14 to 2016-17) of the Twelfth Five Year Plan with a total allocation of Rs 12,000 crore for the entire Plan period.
The decision was taken at a time when JD(U), which is the senior partner in Bihar government, was on the verge of ending its 17-year-old ties with the BJP on the issue of Narendra Modi becoming the NDA`s Prime Ministerial candidate for next Lok Sabha polls. .
The Nitish Kumar government had actually demanded Rs 20,000 crore from the Centre.