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Jharkhand demands industrial corridor

Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda has urged the Planning Commission to plan an industrial corridor in Jharkhand like the Delhi-Mumbai Corridor. Munda made the request during a meeting with Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahuwalia in New Delhi, and said that Jharkhand should be given 'special grants in different sectors', keeping in view the mineral-rich state's position in the country.

The Commission finalised the state's annual plan for 2012-13 at INR16,300 crore.

Munda asked for central assistance of INR800 crore for setting up buildings in the capital and another INR500 crore for developing infrastructure of a 'knowledge city'.

Munda also sought special assistance to fight Maoist problem prevailing in 19 of the 24 districts and drought-like situation in the state. Jharkhand has received 35 percent less rainfall than normal this year.

Ahluwalia said that the state should give special attention to road transport and health-care needs during the 12th Plan period (2012-17).

Munda said that his government would stress on infrastructure development with private participation and step up efforts to improve health-care and education.

He said that the state would pursue an ambitious 10 percent growth in the 12th plan to double per capita income by 2016-17.