Bihar has now achieved “catch up” growth rate, says Sen

PATNA: Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen today described as “the catch up” growth rate Bihar had now achieved after remaining backward for a long time. “The state has to cover a long distance to achieving the objective of development with justice,” Sen said adding Bihar had now joined the race of development with present growth rate.

“It is just a catch up growth rate which is still very low,” he said while speaking on the second day of the ‘Global Bihar Summit 2012 on changing Bihar’. Sen said the “National Sample Survey Organisation had always put the state’s growth on a higher scale between 2004 and 2009… but there is no no improvement in the poverty situation.”

“If every body starts feeling better it is the real meaning of development,” Sen said. He praised the “Nitish Kumar government for ensuring development and said there had been several good works done by the state government during the past five years.” “There is marked improvement in law and order and the state government had adopted fiscal responsibilities,” the Planning Commission member said. “The state has to lot more do to end corruption and maintaining law and order and have more and more transparency in functions,” he emphasised.

The state had to lay more thrust on health and education for reaping rich harvests of the financial help reaching it from the Centre. “It has to lay special thrust on health and education and properly utilise the funds being received from the Central government, Sen pointed out.

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