‘Bihar should continue to demand special status’

Patna: The demand for special packages by states was "politically-motivated", Planning Commission Advisor, NC Saxena on Thursday said but insisted that Bihar should continue to press for the special category status.

"Mostly, the demand for special package by the states are politically-motivated.. Bihar should continue to mount pressure on obtaining special state category," Saxena said addressing a function here.

He said the Finance Commission and Planning Commission should be entrusted with the task of giving packages.

Saxena did not justify the demand of the states for relaxation in Financial Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBM) for getting more and more loans.

"The states should get the loans hardly three per cent of its Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP)," he added.