Delhi, July 10: A six-member delegation of Janata Dal (U) led by party leader Ashok Chaudhary on Tuesday met President Ram Nath Kovind over demand for special status to Bihar.
Speaking to ANI, Chaudhry said the President reacted positively to the discussion.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had also put forth the demand for granting special status to his state.
Kumar claimed that special status to Bihar was necessary since the state lagged behind on several key areas of human development such as per capita income, education, health, electricity, institutional finance among others.
Earlier, JD(U) national spokesperson and principal general secretary K C Tyagi had told media “There had been an all-party meeting in Patna on the related note. All political parties are unanimous. When a team of 15th Finance Commission visits Bihar in July, we will put forward our demand strongly”, the Indian Express reported.
However, the three-day Bihar visit of a team of the 15th Finance Commission, which was scheduled to be held from July 10 to July 12 has been postponed.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said “there is still a year and a half left” for the 15th Finance Commission to visit states and collect inputs.
“There may have been preoccupations that have led to the tour being put off. We have time of one and half years….
So far, the 15th Finance Commission has visited only Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh. It has to tour all the states for collecting inputs. We can rest assured that Bihar visit will take place in due course and concerns of the state will then be duly addressed”, Sushil Modi told PTI.