No need for special category status for Bihar,says Pitroda

There is no need to grant special category status to Bihar to help it woo private investment as the state has sufficient resources to develop on its own,Sam Pitroda,adviser to the Prime Minister on Pubic Information Infrastructure and Innovations,said

Written by Press Trust Of India | Patna | Published: April 2, 2012 3:07 am

There is no need to grant special category status to Bihar to help it woo private investment as the state has sufficient resources to develop on its own,Sam Pitroda,adviser to the Prime Minister on Pubic Information Infrastructure and Innovations,said on Sunday.

“Everybody is asking for special assistance,including the states like West Bengal,Assam,Kerala and Bihar,” Pitroda told newsmen here.

It is not possible for the Centre to meet such demands from all states as it has its own limitations,he said.

Referring to Bihar’s contention that special category status will bring in private investment for industrial development,he said investors have a lot of options to set up industrial units across the country.

Pitroda,however,expressed confidence that Bihar has adequate resources at its disposal to develop on its own.

To a question about his roadmap for development in Bihar,Pitroda said he was not in a position to advise the state government but would be happy to make suggestions if asked.

Ramesh meets Nitish,reviews Central schemes

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the latter’s official residence here and reviewed the implementation of Central flagship schemes in the state. They discussed the progress in implementation of the Prime Minister Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) and reviewed other projects to be taken up for execution in 2012-13,an official release said. Ramesh directed Central agencies to complete all road projects under PMGSY on time and ensure quality,it said.

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