Nitish Complains About Banks Not Doing Enough for Bihar

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the quarterly meeting of bankers in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, at the quarterly state level meeting of the bankers in Patna on Thursday, once again made a plea for special status for Bihar saying the state was landlocked from all sides and the only way it would attract large industries is if special economic status was accorded to it.

"Bihar, as it stands today, is quite suitable for micro, small, and medium-sized industries but it cannot expect to attract large industries unless special economic status was granted to it," Kumar said at the bankers' meet.

The Chief Minister, however, rued about 'not getting full cooperation' from the banks in Bihar who, he said, could do a lot more to spur business opportunities in the state.

CM speaking at Bankers' meet in Patna.

"There have been marked improvement in the economic status of Bihar. Trade has skyrocketed and consumer items are selling in the state like any other states. However, because Bihar has a very large population, the per capita wage in the state is about Rs. 40,000 less than other states. To change this economic disparity, banks could play a very important role in Bihar," he said.

Rest of the speech of Kumar was the rehash of his dozens of previous speeches that included talking points on various social schemes to empower girl students and women in Bihar; reservation for women in Panchayat elections, and various women's groups like Jeevika and Anganbari.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and senior bank executives were present on the occasion.

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