Nitish again asks Centre for spl category status



Patna: Observing that Bihar has been grappling with economic backwardness after being neglected by the Central government over the years, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday again urged the Centre to accord special category status to give fillip to development activities in the state.

Bihar has not only been grappling with economic backwardness over the years, but also facing natural calamities like flood and drought that caused damage to agriculture, Kumar said at a function in Siwan district to wind up his three-day seva yatra.

The state should be duly compensated for the losses caused by floods and droughts by the Centre which should consider grant of special category status to Bihar to enable it to invite private investment for economic development, Kumar said.

Stating that Bihar has immense potential for industrialization, he said that the private investors will invest their capital in the state if they were to get tax concessions and pioneer economic activities in the state.

The Chief Minister said that the state has basic requirements like raw materials, peaceful law and order situation and adequate labour force and all it required was private investment which will possible only if the Centre accorded special category status.

He said that his government has put in place a peaceful law and order atmosphere by reining in crime and constructed infrastructure like road to prepare the ground work for industrial development and all that he aspired for was accordance of special category status by the centre to take forward development saga of the state.

PTI