Nitish Kumar makes strong pitch for special category status to Bihar
Addressing a meeting of the National Development Council (NDC) chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Kumar also demanded that the Centre should provide at least 90 per cent of the scheme expenditures as its share in central government schemes and "fix the wages under MNREGS at par with the minimum wages fixed by the state."
On the issue special status to the state, he alleged that IMG constituted by the Prime Minister "did not consider the issues spelt out with due seriousness and reached pre- rdained conclusions on parameters of special status".
Kumar also demanded the constitution of an expert group to examine and recommend appropriate policy measures to overcome development disabilities of Bihar.
The Bihar Chief Minister had met the Prime Minister some time back and submitted him a detailed memorandum on why the state government was seeking special category status for Bihar.
He also met Finance Minister P Chidambaram here last evening soon after Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said that Bihar does not meet the existing criteria to be granted the status of special category state.
In his speech at the NDC meeting here, Kumar that the case of Bihar being a landlocked and a least developed state should have prompted IMG to adopt a different
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