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Bihar is fastest growing state, Guj left behind

PTI  New Delhi, December 26, 2012
First Published: 20:58 IST(26/12/2012) | Last Updated: 20:59 IST(26/12/2012)

In a huge turnaround, Bihar has emerged as the fastest growing state in the country with figure of 10.9%, overtaking Gujarat whose growth has dipped.


According to the Planning Commission data, Bihar was the slowest growing state during 2001-05 period with GDP figure of 2.9%. However, between 2006 and 2010, it grew at 10.9%, becoming the fastest growing state and shedding the tag of BIMARU (an acronym for sick states).

On the other hand, Gujarat was the fastest growing state between 2001 and 2005 with figure of 11%. But during 2006 and 2010, its growth dipped to 9.3% and was overtaken by Bihar and four other states -- Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Orissa.

Interestingly, Gujarat was the only state among 17 fastest ones to see a decline in growth.

Chhattisgarh grew from 7.7% in 2001-05 to 10% growth, Haryana grew from 8.4% to 9.7%, Maharashtra from 8.2% to 9.6% and Orissa from 7.8% to 9.4%.

Average GDP growth of top five states was 9.10% in 11th five year plan, up from 7% in 10th plan and 5% in 9th plan.

Bottom five states also saw a significant average growth, with figures of 8.58% in 11th plan as compared to 6.76% in 10th plan and 4.12% in 9th plan.

The period between 2004-05 and 2011-12 also saw an average increase of 300% in consumption in rural areas, bridging the big divide witnessed in the earlier five-year period and highlighting the inclusive growth.

In the 12th plan period, the Centre is set to increase its assistance substantially over the previous period for various programmes.

Among them, Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) is going to be the biggest beneficiary with Rs. 1,08,503 crore, marking around 396% increase.

For National Health Mission, the increase in allocation will be 278% from Rs. 66,127 crore in 11th plan to Rs. 250,000 crore in the 12th plan.

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