Government should apologise: Akhilesh Yadav on Niti Aayog CEO's comments

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Not surprisingly, the opposition jumped on the opportunity and slammed Kant for disparaging Bihar and took shots at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for keeping mum over the insult.

While delivering the first Khan Abdul Gaffar Khan Memorial Lecture in Jamia Millia Islamia University, Kant had said, "Eastern part of India particularly states like Bihar, UP, Chattisgarh, MP, and Rajasthan are keeping India backward especially on social indicators".

He also hit out at the NITI Aayog chief for lacking "basic knowledge" about Bihar. They are also the most populous states.

The Union Food Ministry will soon address the issue of transport expenditure amount spent by states on paddy procurement, the statement said.

The chief minister drew the attention of Gadkari towards pending proposal of constructing bypasses in 17 cities of the state and stated that these will help in easing traffic. The statement of the Niti Ayog CEO was on the backwardness suffered by Bihar during the previous regime. I have gone on record saying this government is of money, publicity and propaganda.


The fact remained that condition of the state was miserable in the fields of education, health, employment and drinking water.

"Who is responsible for the uneven growth in the country?" the JD (U) leader asked adding that Bihar's growth rate in manufacturing sector has been higher than national average for the last 12 years despite being put in the list of backward states. The statistics was nothing new but Shivraj Singh Chouhan government continued to cover it up with publicity gimmicks, he said. "We need to replicate this across Human Development indicators leading to all-round development as envisaged in the Aspirational Districts programme".

He said, "The programme is being implemented in the spirit of cooperative federalism in the full partnership with the states".

"State of Madhya Pradesh is doing exceptionally well in terms of overall economic growth and per capita state domestic products". Development had come to a standstill during the period.

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