NEW DELHI: Bihar emerged as the fastest growing state in the country during the second consecutive year with the growth of 13.1 per cent during 2011-12.
The economy of Bihar also grew bigger than that of Punjab, the preferred destination of Bihari migrant workers.
In the list of top five states, Bihar is followed by Delhi and Puducherry. The third slot has been secured by Naxal-ridden, mineral rich Chhattisgarh and Goa completes the list with securing fifth slot, as per the data released by the Ministry of Statistics.
Gujarat and Tamil Nadu increased by 9 per cent, considering the growth credible as the states are growing on a larger basis.
The Bihar government has improved the law and order situation and the increased agricultural productivity and opened the new doors of better state-funded programmes for health and education.
The accumulated growth rates of Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh are estimated lower than that of India's GDP growth of 6.5 percent in 2011-12.