New Delhi: Lavishing praise on the fast economic pace in Bihar, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has raised the special package for the state from existing Rs 1,000 crore to Rs 2,000 crore.
 
During the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Pranab said that Bihar grew at the second fastest rate of 13.06 percent in 2009-10, which is a remarkable achievement.

Asked about any special incentive to the states which have achieved good economic growth, the Finance Minister said, “At present, there is no such provision.”

In reply to BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy’s question, He said, Bihar has been given 33 percent of its allocation.

“There is a need of improving infrastructure in some states. The Centre has taken a serious note of it,” the Finance Minister added.

Earlier, Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said that the transfer of fund from the Centre to state is done by the Finance Commission after recommendation of the Planning Commission.

JPN/ Bureau