New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday assured the leaders of Janata Dal (United) from Bihar that their demands of granting ‘Special Status’ to Bihar would be discussed in the upcoming meeting of the National Development Council (NDC).

The Prime Minister also promised quick action on the blocked payment of Rs 700 crore to the state in lieu of repairing the National Highways in Bihar.

The six member Janata Dal (U) delegation led by party chief Sharad Yadav met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his south block office and submitted a memorandum demanding special status to Bihar.

The party delegation included party leader Ram Sunder Das, deputy leader Ranjan Prasad Yadav, Rajya Sabha member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh, state president Narayan Singh and party’s national general secretary KC Tyagi Vashist.

In a meeting, the delegation had put forward the documents and opinions in connection with giving   special status to Bihar.

The delegates told the Prime Minister that following it bifurcation in 2000, Bihar lost maximum of its resources to Jharkhand.

“Bihar has been facing natural calamities, but the Central government has remained indifferent to its plight,” Yadav said.

Poor infrastructure which multiplies the impact of natural calamities coupled with the lowest per capita income in the country, Bihar fulfils all the criteria for being granted a special status, stated the party members.

“In this regard, a unanimous resolution has already been passed in the Bihar Assembly,” Sharad Yadav said adding that at the time of bifurcation of Bihar a special package was announced for the state which never materialised.

JPN/Bureau