Why Bihar is special

With its current financial capacity (including transfers from the Centre) and the extant policy bias, Bihar would continue to experience a development slump. Even doubling the current transfers would not be enough to enhance its development prospects. To bring it on par with other states, Bihar would need special policy incentives to attract private investment. This calls for nothing less than special category status.

The writer is member-secretary, Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI), Patna

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