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Reforms, better farm output pushed huge GDP spike: Nitish

Last Updated: Monday, January 4, 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.


First Published: Monday, January 4, 2010 - 23:39
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