New Delhi, Aug 06: A special package for Bihar and Orissa is on the anvil with finance ministry today approving the planning commission's proposal in this regard.
The package for the two states was given finishing touches at a meeting between finance minister Jaswant Singh and the deputy chairman, planning commission, K C Pant, here.
Official sources said that the Finance Minister agreed to the commission's proposal for funding of Bihar package and support to the three KBK districts (Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput) of Orissa from the Rs 2,500 crore Development Reform Facility (DRF) which was announced in this year's Union Budget.
Singh had earlier said that separate funds should not be earmarked from the DRF facility for the Bihar package as also for KBK districts.
Planning commission had prepared three components for the fund which was to be linked to the reforms in the states. These include the Bihar package, a package for KBK districts and a package for the poorest districts in the country, they
The criteria for shortlisting the most underdeveloped districts was undertaken in the planning commission and around 90 districts were selected, they added.
Today's meeting also decided that in the first instance, 25 districts would be funded from this fund while a total of around 100 districts would be covered during the tenth five year plan period depending on the success of the pilot