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Will PM Modi keep his election promise to Bihar: grant special package/status?

    CM Jitan Ram Manjhi New Delhi/Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which the issue of special category status to the state figured prominently. Pitching for the Centre’s acceptance of the pet demand of his mentor and former state chief minister Nitish Kumar, Mr Manjhi told Mr Modi that the granting of the status was necessary for progress of the state as it would push investments in the underdeveloped state and open new employment avenues for the youth, an official statement from the state government said. The Prime... 

Modi flatters Bihari ego, promises special status if and when…

    Bihar: special to Modi? Jahanabad, Bihar: in his speech here yesterday, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi promised special category state status for Bihar besides a special package and special attention. This may be bad news for the JD[U] and Nitish Kumar the present CM of Bihar who made the special status category the very core of his politics in Bihar. Modi also made what is seen as the favourite of Nitish Kumar – ‘India cannot move forward without Bihar. The NDA wants Bihar to move forward and attain heights so that India also becomes a strong and prosperous nation,’... 

Bihar gets special package of Rs 12,000 crore for 12th Plan (2012-17)

    Rs12000 crores: gift or right? New Delhi/Patna: Bihar has been given a special package of Rs 12,000 crore to be implemented during the 12th Plan (2012-17) to bring about improvement in priority sectors power, road and irrigation, Parliament was informed today. “The special plan for Bihar was approved for implementation during the 10th Five Year and 11th Five Year Plan period. It has been decided to continue the implementation of special plan for Bihar during the 12th Plan with an allocation of Rs 12,000 for the entire 12th Five Year Plan period,” Minister of State for... 

Development redefined: Rajan panel recommends new criteria for fund allocation for states

    Rajan panel: rising above ‘special status’? New Delhi: A six-member expert committee constituted by the Centre on fixing a new criterion for determining the backwardness of Indian states on Thursday gave its reports, claiming Odisha, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are the least developed states in the country. The panel led by Raghuram Rajan, former Chief Economic Adviser in the Finance Ministry and the incumbent Governor of Reserve Bank of India, said in its report that Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are the most developed states in the country. The Raghuram Rajan panel report... 

Bihar suddenly qualifies for special status: justice of political calculation!

  Special cushions: Bihar cheered and favoured! Patna: In a move that is bound to appease Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said a high-level sub-committee will soon be constituted to finalise the new criteria for “backwardness.” He also added that under the new criteria Bihar would qualify for ‘special status’ as a backward state. “The criteria is to determine backwardness. Once we agree on this criteria, once we implement the criteria, states will qualify under that criteria and going by whatever information that I have, Bihar... 

Adhikar Rally at Ramlila ground, Delhi: Nitish demands, warns, and reasons!

  Right to development = special status? New Delhi: Addressing a massive rally at the Ramlila ground in Delhi on Sunday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reiterated his demand for special status for the state. Lauding the contributions of the people of Bihar in the development of the country and their participation in the freedom struggle, Nitish said, “We are not begging for special status. It is our right.” He asked, “Don’t we have the right to progress?” Saying that Bihar is not against other states being given special status, Nitish stressed that with a little help from... 

Centre now willing to consider Bihar’s demand for special status

Centre now willing to consider Bihar’s demand for special status   Signature campaign for special status New Delhi: finally, there may be some hope for Bihar’s case for special status! According to latest reports, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has directed the Planning Commission to set up a two-member panel to examine the merit of Bihar’s demand for special status. The report by the panel is to be submitted within three months. The panel will be headed by the Member Secretary, Planning Commission, Ms Sudha Pillai, and the Secretary [Expenditure] will be its other member. Although four... 

1 crore signatures for Bihar’s special status: Nitish renews the campaign

1 crore signatures for Bihar’s special status: Nitish renews the campaign Special status: 1 crore signatures needed Patna: chief minister Nitish Kumar has now renewed the campaign for collection of I crore signatures to be submitted to the central government demanding special status for Bihar. He has asked the JD [U] party workers and office-bearers to combine the membership drive with the signature campaign to save time and effort. The 1 ‘crore-signatures’ campaign had been postponed due to the assembly elections earlier. Nitish also had some interesting suggestion for the Election Commission... 
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