New Delhi: Expressing gratification to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the formation of an Inter-Ministerial Group to study the special status demand to Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar once again pitched for it at the National Development Council (NDC) meeting on Saturday.

Expressing hope on the Inter-Ministerial Group, Kumar said that the group will impartially understand the genuine concerns of the state.

Pointing the big gap between the per capita income of the state and the national average he said, “With Bihar’s per capita income being one-third of the national average, the per capita income of Bihar is lowest in the country.”

"The Gross Fixed Capital of the state can be maximised by providing prospering opportunities for the investors to invest in the state,” Kumar said.

“This will also help us generate optimum employment opportunity in Bihar," he added.

Speaking over implementation of Right to Education in the state, he said, "The state had demanded a funding pattern of 90:10 between Centre and the state for its implementation but it was decided to be 65:35 thereby burdening the state with additional financial obligations.”

Highlighting the problem of power crisis in the state, Kumar urged the Central government to raise the allocation of electricity to state.

Speaking over the Right to Food Security Bill, he urged the Centre to incorporate provisions like setting up an independent commission for ascertaining the number of beneficiaries and cash transfer to them in the proposed Food Security Bill.

JPN/Bureau