Narendra Modi's Gujarat beaten by Bihar economy, which clocks 11.95% annual growth
by the central government agencies.
Otherwise, also the assessment of economic performance of the state has been done on the parameters set by Central Statistical Organisation (CSO), which are correct and used for all the official purposes, he said.
Modi said MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) was doing very well in Bihar.
Bihar has a total of 1.92 lakh registered units under MSME involving a total investment of Rs 1941 crore and employing 6.30 lakh persons in 2012, he said.
The Bihar Finance Minister said banks have disbursed 93 per cent loans to MSME units in the financial year 2012-13 so far compared to 100 per cent in the last fiscal.
Among other highlights, Modi said the arrivals of foreign tourists into Bihar has increased manifold over the years.
"One out of every six foreigners in India comes to Bihar to visit historic sites. The number of foreign tourists recorded more than four fold increase in 2011 (7.95 lakh) over 2007 (1.77 lakh)," he added.
Total road length in Bihar works out to 1.40 lakh km of which length of rural roads is 1.23 lakh km, he said adding under 'Mukhyamantri Setu Nirman Yojna', a total number of 3140 bridges have been completed till date.
Modi said by the end of 2011-12, Bihar had around 46 million telephone connections of which mobile phones had a share of over 98 per cent, with private operators playing a big role.