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Montek praises Bihar’s growth story

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Sunday appeared to give credit to the Nitish Kumar government for Bihar’s high growth rate, saying the state had not depended on central resource but built on its own capabilities.
He said while Bihar was among the ‘BIMARU’ states, it registered the highest growth in the 11th Five Year Plan among all states of the country.

‘Government of India must be contributing much more resources to the poor states. And in case of Bihar we do have a special plan...when growth expanded from very negligible levels, it was not because of the resources, but because something done right in Bihar which built on Bihar’s own capabilities,’ he said.

Ahluwalia, who has praised Bihar often in recent past, was speaking at the release of a book ‘The New Bihar – rekindling governance and development’ by Noble laureate Amartya Sen.
He quoted late Murasoli Maran who had said that these states are not backward, but mismanaged.
‘In fact,’ Ahluwalia, who has contributed to the book, said ‘all BIMARU states were doing quite well (now).’
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