New Delhi: The Union Government has turned down the request of Janata Dal United parliamentarian Ranjan Prasad Yadav for a special package of Rs 30,000 crore per year to Bihar by making an amendment in the Constitution.

Replying on the private bill proposed by Yadav, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said, "The state is receiving substantial funds from the Centre, thus there is no need for a special package.”

Turning down the demand of conferring a ‘special state’ status to Bihar, he said, “This provision implies on only the less densely populated, difficult terrain and tribal majority states. Therefore, there is no need to amend the Constitution for the purpose.”

Rubbishing allegations of any partiality towards the state, the Minister said the 12th Finance Commission has already raised allocation of fund by 129 per cent to Rs 1,72,944 crore within five years as against Rs 75,000 crore in the 11th Finance Commission.

Meena said the Planning Commission has already constituted an Inter-Ministerial group to deal with the issue of development of Bihar and look into its special needs.

Blaming the Centre for deplorable situation in Bihar, Arjun Rai of JD (U) said, “Bihar lags behind in every field and this is not just a matter of concern for the state but for the nation too.”

“While the annual income per person in other states is about Rs 45,000, its mere Rs 11,000 in Bihar,” he added.

Contributing in the discussion, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said, “The Centre is being partial to Bihar. While there is one AIIMS for states with population of one or two crore, the same implies for Bihar with population of 10 crore. Is this not partiality? Whereas, 19 medical colleges upgraded in the country did not include any from Bihar.”

Meanwhile, Monazir Hassan of JD (U) raised a demand for a special package of Rs 1-1.5 lakh crore for Bihar.

(JPN/Bureau)