Debating India


India Inc chips in for Nitish & Bihar

Saturday 25 November 2006, by YADAV*J.P.

Patna, November 24: On the first anniversary of the Nitish Kumar government, Bihar’s efforts to chalk out a path of industrial development got twin fillip with the announcement of setting up of Bihar Development and Investment Council (BDIC) and Bihar Foundation. While the first will act as a ?think-tank’ towards creating an investment climate, the other will bring together - from across the world - prominent people who belong to the state for its development.

Kumar made these announcements after releasing the report card of his year-old government with the slogan: “Development with Justice”. He said the primary goal of his government was to cater to all sections of the society with justice.

Headed by the Chief Minister, the BDIC will comprise top shots from the India Inc, including Anand Mahindra of Mahindra and Mahindra, Sunil Bharti Mittal of Bharti Telecom, Kumar Mangalam Birla, B Muthuram (MD of Tata Steel) Rajshri Pathy of Rajshri Sugar and Sanjeev Goenka. Deputy chairman of State Planning Board NK Singh will be its deputy chairman and former economic advisor of the Government of India Shankar Acharya a prominent member.

Announcing the names, Kumar said they had agreed to guide Bihar on the path of development by lending their support in attracting investments. “I had personally written to them and I am thankful that they have agreed to lend their help to Bihar.”

The BDIC will also help the state Government in achieving targets in different sectors, besides making mid-term appraisals of different departments.

Bihar Foundation will be headed by Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. Kumar said his government “aimed to bring all Biharis settled in different parts of the world to partner in their state’s endeavour to develop.” “We will take their help and also help them.”

The report card claimed that in just one year the Government had achieved considerably in every sector. Kumar said he had started “systematic governance” in the state, which had collapsed. The Chief Minister, however, added that he had miles to go.

See online : The Indian Express

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