| Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen speaks at the book launch in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen questioned the credibility of a book about the development of Bihar published by Institute For Human Development (IHD), New Delhi, released in Patna on Sunday.
Speaking at book release event, Sen said: “The book, The Challenges of Inclusive Development in Rural Bihar,in a sense neither fits in terms of perception nor actual growth in Bihar. It represents a sort of analysis of development of Bihar but misses out the growth of gross state domestic product (GSDP). The book only looks at the villages and leaves out the urban areas. The book tells a story which needs to be updated. I am sure that would be done in future course of the study based on which IHD has published the book,” said Sen.
Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, also present at the event, put the ball in the Centre’s court while talking on poverty in the state. “Though growth rate is rising, per capita income in Bihar is among the lowest. Against national per capita income of Rs 64,991, Bihar’s per capita income is merely Rs 15,268. There is an urgent need of revising the model on which the Centre gives funds so as to provide a fair platform to Bihar for competing with other states,” said Modi.
The book, authored by Gerry Rodgers, visiting professor, Alakh N. Sharma, director, Amrita Datta, associate fellow, Janine Rodgers, visiting research fellow and Sunil Kumar Mishra, associate fellow, all at IHD, is based on a series of surveys carried out between November 2009 and February 2010 in seven districts of the state.