Bihar Has Now Achieved 'Catch Up' Growth Rate: Sen

Bihar Has Now Achieved 'Catch Up' Growth Rate: Sen
Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen today described as "the catch up" growth rate Bihar had now achieved after remaining backward for a long time.

"The state has to cover a long distance in achieving the objective of development with justice," Sen said adding Bihar had now joined the race of development with present growth rate.

"It is just a catch up growth rate which is still very low," he said while speaking on the second day of the 'Global Bihar Summit 2012 on changing Bihar'.

Sen said the "National Sample Survey Organisation had always put the state's growth on a higher scale between 2004 and 2009... But there is no no improvement in the poverty situation."

"If every body starts feeling better it is the real meaning of development," Sen said.

He praised the "Nitish Kumar government for ensuring development and said there had been several good works done by the state government during the past five years."

"There is marked improvement in law and order and the state government had adopted fiscal responsibilities," the Planning Commission member said.

"The state has to lot more do to end corruption and maintaining law and order and have more and more transparency in functions," he emphasised.

The state had to lay more thrust on health and education for reaping rich harvests of the financial help reaching it from the Centre. "It has to lay special thrust on health and education and properly utilise the funds being received from the Central government, Sen pointed out.

Sen said the Planning Commission was fully confident about the possibilities of Bihar's contributions to Green Revolution expected in Eastern region.

The Centre was considering to spend around Rs 2000 crore annually in the Eastern India for achieving the objective of Green Revolution and Bihar must come up to the expectations in this regard, the Planning Commission member said.

He said the growth rate in Bihar was "only based on construction sector."

"So far whatever development had taken place in Bihar it is because of package from the Central government and public sector... Private investments are yet to come here," Sen remarked and said there was a question mark on the private investment as yet in Bihar.

He said Bihar with heavy population can reap demographic benefit as the demands in the state are set to increase tremendously because of the population.

If the state government succeeds in meeting the demands of the population then it would lead to further development and progress, Sen said adding any failure on this front would lead to stalling the pace of development.
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