Edited By: Divya Thearia
15 September 2022 (New Delhi): If non-BJP parties form a government at the centre after the 2024 general election, all backward states in the country will be granted special status, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced today. “If we get an opportunity to form the government, we will surely give backward states special status. I am not just talking about Bihar, but also about other states that should get special status,” he told the media in reply to a question.
Nitish previously said that he had no aspiration to become the PM
Nitish, who left the BJP last month to form a new government in Bihar with the support of Tejashwi Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress, has been advocating for Bihar’s special status since 2007. The issue has been raised strategically by the Janata Dal (United) leader, sometimes to score political points ahead of elections, and other times to put pressure on the ally BJP.
The funding ratio for centrally sponsored schemes is 90:10
If a state is granted special status, the funding ratio for centrally sponsored schemes is 90:10, which is significantly higher than the ratio for other states. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir (now a Union Territory), Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, and Uttarakhand are the country’s 11 special category states.
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