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Rajasthan no longer BIMARU state: Niti Ayog Vice Chairman

Rajasthan has come out ahead of many other states in terms of development and is no longer considered BIMARU, economist and recently appointed Vice-Chairman of the NITI Aayog, Arvind Panagariya has said.

“The term ‘BIMARU’ is a fictitious term to be used for Rajasthan. In real perspective there is nothing like BIMARU here. There are several states which lag behind Rajasthan in terms of development and in the years to come it will be ahead of even West Bengal in terms of its GDP,” Panagriya said at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival here.

The acronym BIMARU comprises the first letters of four states- Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. It was coined by demographer and economic analyst Ashish Bose in the mid-1980s as the word resembled the Hindi word “Bimar” which means sick. This was used to describe the poor economic conditions in the four backward states. Later Odisha was included in the list resulting in BIMAROU. In the session titled “Rajasthan: Out of Bimaru” Panagariya was in conversation with economist Bibek Debroy who joined as full time member of Niti Ayog earlier this week, author and columnist Malvika Singh and journalists Om Thanvi and Ashok Malik.

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