As if it approved the consecutive term given to Nitish Kumar by people of Bihar, the Economic Survey presented by finance minister Pranab Mujkhrjee on Friday compliments the state for the turnaround achieved in last few years.
“Interestingly, the best performer in 2008-09 was Bihar with a growth rate of 16.59%,” a section on inter-state comparison on socio-economic scales describes the growth in the state that was leading the BIMARU pack.
“While good growth performance of the hitherto backward states like Bihar and Orissa is a welcome sign, this may also be partially due to the low base effect because of the growth deficit in earlier years,” Socio-economic development in Indian states, observes.
Though Bihar topped the latest chart, “the best performer in terms of socio economic development during 2002-03 to 2008-09 is Gujarat”, the annual document of the union government scaling country’s growth says.
The time period assessed for the western most state coincides with the chief minister-ship of Narendra Modi, a BJP leader. Modi will seek elections in December next year.
Gujarat was followed by Bihar, Orissa, Haryana and Uttarakhand in growth.
The last time department of economic affairs, finance ministry made such comparison was in 2007-08.
The survey based on available indicators from various years credits the non UPA states, for tiding over the past misrule and making good development inroads, thereby contributing to the over all growth story of the nation.
Bihar, Chattisgarh, Orissa and Uttarakhand that showed high growth in 2002-03 to 2009-09, witnessed low growth in 1994-95 to 2001-02.