New Delhi: In a bid to boost development of eastern states like Bihar and Jharkhand which do not have any coastal region, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Sushil Modi has demanded an Eastern Economic Corridor from Paradip to Raxaul along Nepal border.

Participating in a pre-budget meeting of Finance Ministers of states convened by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday, Modi said, “There is mere 4.4 kilometres of National Highways per 1 lakh population. Therefore, it is important to declare more roads in Bihar as National Highways to bring the state closer to the national average.”

The Deputy CM pressed the Centre to immediately give its nod to Rs 1800 crore loan proposal for the renovation of Barauni thermal power project.

He also demanded to increase the amount of funds provided by the Centre to the state under the Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) to Rs 4,000 crore per year during the 12th Plan beginning April 1, 2012.

Modi also asked the Centre to raise the special grant of Rs 400 crore allotted in the budget for second green revolution.

He said, “Since the prices of fertilizers have grown enormously in past few months, the government must drop the idea of withdrawing the subsidy.”

Sushil Modi asked the Union Finance Minister to provide ample financial help to the state government for establishing a super multi-specialty hospital, medical college, paramedical and nursing institutions and increase the pension to Rs 1,000 under the National Old Age Pension Scheme.