Patna: In a novel move to fillip the socio-economic status of Bihar, Union Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh announced to allocate Rs 4000 crore directly to the state government for development in villages. The increased allocation will be granted from next fiscal year.

Ramesh said he had an extensive discussion with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on increasing the allocation for flood-affected areas in Bihar, besides drinking water plan and the caste census on the basis of the socio-economic situation.

Jairam Ramesh said the Centre is seriously considering the suggestions put forth by state for hiking the allocation under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) for flood affected areas.

Addressing the media persons, the Ramesh said the state will directly get fifty percent of the funds for implementing central schemes. In 20012-13 Bihar will get the financial aid of Rs 8000 crore out of which Rs 4000 crore will be granted directly to the state government. He assured that whatever schemes would come from Bihar during the period 2012-13 would be sanctioned immediately.

The union minister said under the 12th five year plan for 2012 to 2017, the Centre would seriously consider giving Rs 60,000 per unit in flood-hit areas.

He also informed that two districts-Camoor and Munger have been included in Naxal affected regions.