Patna (JPN/Bureau): Appreciating the development works being undertaken by the state government, Planning Commission member Narendra Jadhav said on Sunday that other states should take a leaf out of Bihar’s book.

At a meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Jadhav assured that the Centre would consider the state government’s demand for Rs 24,000 cr in this year’s Budget allocation for Bihar.

The Centre should set up an independent commission to identify the number of people under BPL in Bihar and emphasised on cash payment to the beneficiaries instead of
food grains, the CM is reported to have told Jadhav.

Nitish also demanded that the Centre should consider giving more freedom to the state government for utilisation of allocation from the Planning Commission to ensure effective implementation of various schemes and development projects as per local requirements, Vijay Prakash, chief secretary of Development and Planning department, said.

The Chief Minister said those availing benefits under various schemes should be provided cash, instead of goods, in the presence of people’s representatives in public places. This is the model in Bihar.

Jadhav, meanwhile, conveyed his compliments to Nitish on his ‘people’s Court’ initiative. He suggested that bio and solar energy should be utilized to increase power production in the state. The technique for the same will be displayed in the first week of March in Patna.