Bihar has urged the Centre to set up independent commission and decide criteria to identify BPL families in the state. “We have expressed apprehension that the poor in Bihar will not be able to take full benefits of the increased allocation for major sector programs as well as that of the proposed National Food Security Act as the government of India has fixed the number of BPL house hold in Bihar at a very low level compared to the reality said Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi who also holds the finance port-folio at the finance minister’s conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. The meeting was called by Union finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for seeking ideas and suggestions for preparing the Union Budget 2011-12.
Modi said that Bihar’s stand has been vindicated by the Tendulkar report, which placed the poverty head count Ratio in the state at 54.4% which is closer to reality. The centre should allocate the actual share of revenues to Bihar government for strong & fast growth of the state & Biharis Janta living below provert line. Bihar’s CD ratio has improved from 30.46 to 32.13, Modi said, adding that it is still way behind the national average. “While deposit in banks has crossed the Rs 1million crore mark inthe state, their credit profile has not kept pace,” he said, that the state will need Rs 26k crore to implement the Right to Education [RTE] Act. Out of which Rs 10k crore will be recurrent expenditure.