Nitish to demand additional Rs 4,000 cr per annum for Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said he would demand additional grant of Rs 4,000 crore every annum in the 12th plan.

Last Updated: May 16, 2011, 19:45 PM IST

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said he would demand additional grant of Rs 4,000 crore every annum in the 12th plan during the consultation meeting of Planning Commission with chief ministers of five eastern
states to be held here this month-end.

Kumar said he would also raise the issue of according
special status to Bihar at the meeting to be held between
Planning Commission and chief ministers of Jharkhand, West
Bengal, Orissa, Chhatisgarh and Bihar, who would host it.

The chief minister told reporters he would demand that
the Planning Commission use funds for more and more schemes in
the priority sectors like road, irrigation, flood control and
energy.

Bihar would also present its views on the expectations
during the 12th plan period. "If we have to ensure inclusive
growth, we have to increase per capita investment and also
increase the plan expenses in Bihar," Kumar said.

The Centre should fix the 12th plan size in consultation
with the state and should continue the assistance of Rs 1,000
crore being received by Bihar since bifurcation of the state
in 2000, he added.

PTI