Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar urged the Centre to bear the financial cost incurred on implementing the pro-poor Food Security Bill as the states are not in a position to meet the burden on their heads.

Nitish said, “I had no objection to the Food Security Bill proposed by the Centre but the government should keep in mind the financial concerns of the states.”

He told reporters, "I have given my point-wise opinion to the draft I received for the proposed bill. I have no objection but I will like that the state's concerns are not ignored."

"There are two-three concerns, which I explained when the draft was sent, like the identification of BPL families should be made by an independent commission," he said.

Nitish said the commission should have representation from people of weaker sections of society, apart from representatives from minorities, SC, ST, backward class and women from rural background.

In reply to a question, he dismissed Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's claim that Centre had provided the package along the lines demanded by Bihar and stressed the need for according special category status to it in view of its economic and industrial backwardness.

"Now that the Central Government has chosen to provide central assistance as a special plan to West Bengal for development of backward regions, our case for special treatment to Bihar because of its economic and industrial backwardness, high population density and low tax base is all the more justified," he added.

JPN/Bureau