Patna, Feb 26 (PTI) The Congress asserted that the economic survey for Bihar released today proved that the previous Grand Alliance government in the state had “performed beyond expectations” during the 20 months it was in power. Also Read - Bihar News: Congress MLA Santosh Mishra's Nephew Shot Dead in Rohtas

The survey was tabled by Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi in the Assembly. Also Read - Bihar: 6 Killed, 3 Injured in Road Accident in Katihar's Kursela

“The economic survey tabled in the Bihar Assembly today celebrates the achievements of the Grand Alliance government. During the period surveyed (2016-17), the Grand Alliance was in power in the state. Hence, the credit goes to Grand Alliance. The BJP had no role to play”, Congress Legislature Party leader Sadanand Singh said in a statement. Also Read - Bihar Board Class 10 Students Vandalise Properties at Patna's Boring Road After Social Science Paper Is Cancelled

According to the survey, the state’s economy grew at a rate of 10.3 per cent, which was significantly higher than the national average of seven per cent.

Significant improvements in agriculture and road density were also recorded in the economic survey.

“The figures bear testimony to development works of the Grand Alliance government. The survey also proves that during the 20 months it remained in power, the Grand Alliance had performed beyond expectations,” Singh claimed.

The Grand Alliance had disintegrated in July last year after Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar walked out following corruption cases lodged against his then deputy Tejashwi Yadav of the RJD.

Kumar later formed a new government with the BJP.

“Ever since the BJP became a part of the ruling dispensation, the administration seems to have been taken over by red-tapism. This has adversely affected those involved in sandmining and brick kilns and, consequently, slowed down construction activities”, Singh claimed.

This scenario has rendered a large number of daily wage labourers jobless, he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.