Bihar will get spl status under new criteria: Chidambaram

Bihar will get spl status under new criteria: Chidambaram

Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said that Bihar will be accorded special category status after the change of criteria.

“I hope that the new criteria will determine status of backward states. Bihar will certainly qualify for special category status under the new criteria,” Chidambaram said.

“The Central government is reviewing the new criteria for special category status to backward states like Bihar,” he told reporters here, adding that a sub-committee has been set up to study it and a report is expected soon.

According to state government officials, Bihar does not meet the existing criteria to be granted special category status.

Nitish Kumar, who has been demanding special category status, had welcomed Chidambaram’s statement in February on the need for a re-look into demand for such status to Bihar and other backward states.

In March, Kumar held a rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan to put pressure on the Central government for granting special category status to Bihar.

Chidambaram, who arrived here on Saturday, later left for Rajgir in Nalanda district along with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to visit the site of the upcoming Nalanda University.

Chidambaram, who also attended a meeting of the state level bankers’ committee at Rajgir, said that banks would made more active to increase credit deposit ratio and increased credit flow in agriculture and priority sectors.

He also assured Nitish Kumar that he will direct public sector banks to increase their branches from panchayat to district headquarters.

“Chidambaram promised Nitish Kumar to look into the demands of the state government to open branches in rural areas and to provide more educational loan to students,” the official said.

Before the meeting, the finance minister visited the site of the ancient Nalanda University, as well as the site of the upcoming Nalanda University. Chidambaram held a meeting with the sub-committee of the university and asked them to speed up the work, an official said.

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