Reforms, better farm output pushed huge GDP spike: Nitish
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Last Updated: Monday, January 04, 2010, 23:39
  
Patna: Sweeping economic reforms undertaken by his government and increased agricultural production have enabled the state to achieve a growth rate of 11.03 per cent during the period between 2004-05 and 2008-09, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said here on Monday.

"Improved law and order situation has attracted industrialists to invest in the state contributing to its economic growth," Kumar told reporters at his Janata Darbar.

According to the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), Bihar was the second fastest growing state with a cool 11.03 per cent GDP during the period between 2004-05 and 2008-09, a tad below Gujarat with 11.05 per cent. Again the state's GDP growth in 2008-09 was the highest in the country with an astonishing 11.44 per cent, according to the CSO figures.

Lauding the stupendous achievement of the state, the CSO remarked "Bihar is the new miracle economy of the country," deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi had said yesterday while releasing the report.

Seeking Central help to further the development of the state, Kumar said if special category status is granted to the state, Bihar will do wonders as several entrepreneurs come to the state to avail of tax concession under this.

The Centre should immediately clear Rs 14,880-crore special package sought by the state for infrastructure development in the five districts ravaged by the Kosi deluge in 2008, the chief minister said.

Referring to the opposition's tirade for on the economic status of the state, Kumar said even Nobel laureate Amartya Sen showered praised his development works.

Functioning of Bihar police

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar patted the state police for bringing back confidence among the people and said the police were always on alert and prepared to meet any eventuality.

Kumar was reacting to media reports and the statement of state DGP Anand Shanker that patrolling along the porous Indo-Nepal border had been intensified in the wake of intelligence reports that a few trained terrorists have sneaked into Bihar through Nepal.

"The DGP has to react to intelligence reports or even to unconfirmed reports received by the police headquarters. Let him do his job. I am satisfied with the functioning of the state police," Kumar said.

He appealed the media not to overreact to such sensitive issues as it hampered the process of investigation.

The DGP had recently said that raids were being conducted in districts bordering Nepal with the help of Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) to apprehend the terrorists, who, as per intelligence reports have entered the state through Araria in north Bihar.

PTI


First Published: Monday, January 04, 2010, 23:39


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