Bihar requires policy assistance, which it hasn't got: Nitish Kumar

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New Delhi, Aug 7: Bihar Chief Minister addressed a gathering at Think India Dialogue on Wednesday evening. He spoke about his state's "growth with justice" model and lauded Biharis as hard-working people who have contributed to progress across the country.

The JD(U) leader said there is no discrimination and the law has been allowed to function independently. He also spoke about the recent midday meal tragedy in Chhapra in state where 23 children died after eating poisoned food served in a primary school. He said it is important to ensure that such incidents don't take place in the future.

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The Bihar chief minister said his state did not receive any special benefit from the Centre as it is thought. He said Bihar requires more policy assistance, which haven't yet materialised. He said tailor-made policies are required for each region and GDP alone wasn't an adequate to assess people's development.

He also called for an alliance between backward states for their development. For him, only a model of inclusive growth will work in India. Kumar refused to get into a debate over the development models of Bihar and Gujarat, saying they learn from its challenge and not look at others.

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