Nitish slams central discrimination against Bihar

Bihar CM slammed the Centre for "discriminating against the state by not according it special category status and financial assistance.

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister on Thursday slammed
the Centre for "discriminating against the state by not
according it special category status, financial assistance and
even coal linkages of the proposed power projects.

"We have been looking upto the Centre for all these
years to provide support to economic development of Bihar and
demanding special category status, special assistance and coal
linkages for power projects, but without any success," Kumar
said while addressing a function on the occasion of Bihar

He alleged the Centre had been particularly obstinate
in not providing coal linkages for the proposed power projects
in the state, both in public and private sectors and cited an
instance claiming "Centre had not allotted coal linkage of a
thermal power expansion project at Barauni with a generation
capacity of 500 MW."

The CM also referred to CAG`s draft audit
report which had highlighted a scam of Rs. 10.67 lakh crore in
the allotment of coal linkages to various public and private
sector power and steel companies and castigated the Centre`s
coal linkage policies."

"It is due to the Centre`s dithering on coal linkages
to the proposed power projects in Bihar that the state has
been unable to set up power projects to meet the requirement
of the commodity for domestic and industrial consumption,"
Kumar said.

Kumar said people of Bihar will relentlessly seek its
"due rights from the Centre."

He said the state government was committed to
attain high growth rate and economic development through
utilization of internal resources and hard work of the people,
with agriculture being the focal point of the development
process and other economic sectors revolving around it.

Speaking on the occasion, Mauritius High Commissioner
Arya Kumar Jageshar recalled strong ties between the two
countries and its people and said that despite leaving the
land of their forefathers as indenture labourers, the
Indian-origin people back home have carefully nursed their
socio-cultural identity.

There is a sizeable population of the Indian-origin
people hailing from Bihar who take pride in their distinct
ethnic identity and spoke Bhojpuri language and practiced the
Indian culture and traditions, he said.

The Bhojpuri language and culture is so intertwined
with the lifestyle of the ethnic people of Mauritius that the
language formed part of the primary education curriculum,
Jageshwar said.

The Indian-origin people of Mauritius were also keen
to find out their ancestral places, their long forgotten
relatives and many of them have travelled to India and Bihar
to search their roots, he said.

The Mauritius high commissioner to India congratulated
Bihar on the occasion of centenary celebrations of its
foundation and wished the state and its people success and

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, legislative
assembly Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhary, legislative council
Chairman Tarakant Jha and Education Minister PK Shahi also
spoke on the occasion.