Nitish refers to special state status for Bihar

Last Updated: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 22:03

Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday
referred to his demand that the Centre give special state
status to Bihar at the Global Bihar Summit 2012 and said that
the path to make it a developed state looked difficult.

"I want to score a point that the central government
should not give any financial package to Bihar. What we need
is that the Centre accord a special state status. It will pave
the way for further development and investments.

"We have changed the image of Bihar during the past
six years of rule. A lot of work has been done, but a lot more
is required to be done. But the path of development looks
difficult in future and we need cooperation from all, "Kumar
said.

He said that the Planning Commission, whose deputy
chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia was present, had always
cooperated with the state.

"People in Planning Commission show interest in Bihar
and I anticipate they will continue to help Bihar," the chief
minister said.

Speaking after the inauguration of the summit by Nepal
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, he suggested that the state
and Nepal should develop a joint system to avoid the damages
caused by recurring floods in Bihar.

"Bihar has always laid stress on a joint flood
prevention system," he said.

Referring to the Indian Ambassador in Nepal Jayant
Prasad, Kumar said "the representative of the central
government is sitting here and it is possible that the
initiatives for tackling flood-related problems will be taken
forward."

Referring to Bihar`s high rate of GDP, Kumar said "we
don`t consider GDP as the key indicator of development. We
want human development as socio-economic development and
progress in education is the real indicator of development.

"We have developed our own model to ensure development
with justice," he said dwelling on improvement in healthcare
system and enrolment in schools and colleges.

Referring to the agriculture roadmap being finalised
in Bihar for boosting agriculture production and productivity,
he clarified that the summit had been organised not to
mobilise investments, but to elicit suggestions and guidelines
for the state`s progress.

"I have a dream that people from even a remote place
in Kishanganj, Kaimur and West Champaran can reach the state
capital within less then six hours. I think we will realise
the dream by ensuring better road connectivity between remote
areas and the state capital.

PTI



First Published: Friday, February 17, 2012 - 22:03

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