Patna: Apparently annoyed at the Centre “ignoring” Bihar interests, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has written a book explaining why the State should be granted a special status.
Mr. Kumar started writing the book, ‘Special Category Status: A Case for Bihar’, about a year ago after his efforts to get the special category status failed.
“I have written a book on the conditions prevailing in the State and to convince the nation about the need for granting special status to Bihar ... you will come to know about the details once it is published,” he told PTI.
The 80-page book is to be published by the Asian Development Research Institute, a non-governmental organisation.
The book is expected to be released by economist and writer Lord Meghnad Desai on Friday.
Immediately after taking over the reins in November 2005, Mr. Kumar got a resolution unanimously adopted by the Assembly seeking the special status and conveyed the message to the Centre.
Mr. Kumar “is understood to have highlighted the delaying tactics of the Centre in granting the special category status to Bihar which he was trying to develop with scant resources at his disposal,” said a senior official attached to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
Poverty and backwardness were not new to Bihar. Other States were also facing these problems but the Centre accorded a special status to many of them to help them grow, the official said.
The book is understood to have blamed the Centre for the “sluggish growth” of the State due to poor flow of institutional finance and inadequate Central assistance. — PTI