Patna: Expressing concern over the Bihar’s growth rate, Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen on Saturday said, “Bihar has now the catch up growth rate after remaining backward for a long time but it is not necessary that it would cover a long distance in achieving the objective of development with justice.”

“It is just a catch up growth rate which is still very low. Bihar is behind in the race of development with present growth rate. National Sample Survey Organisation had always put the state's growth on a higher scale between 2004 and 2009, but there is no improvement in the poverty situation,” he said while speaking on the second day of the Global Bihar Summit 2012.

He stressed upon strengthening the law and order situation in the state.

“The state had to lay more thrust on health and education for reaping rich harvests of the financial help reaching it from the Centre. It has to lay special thrust on health and education and properly utilise the funds being received from the Central government,” Sen pointed out.

He added, “The state needs to focus on the power issue to sustain the current growth rate.”

"The state has to lot more do to end corruption and maintaining law and order and have more and more transparency in functions," he emphasized.

He also said, “The state should take advantage of the demographic dividend to ensure development.”