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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

RJD and Congress ridicule Nitish Kumar's "Politician of the year award"

I am all for critically reviewing the performance of Nitish Kumar's Government which would work as a watchdog providing more thrust and momentum to development in Bihar.

However, the reasons given by RJD and Congress for ridiculing the award bestowed upon Nitish Kumar by CNN-IBN seemed very unreasonable to me. Instead of providing tangible proof against the award given to Nitish Kumar, the RJD and congress appear to be giving some flimsy reasons. The article can be found at

It is but obvious that a state neglected for more than 15 years cannot be completely turned around in 3 years time. Nor are the Chief Minister or his contingent of people are so equipped to be able to address all the problems so quickly.

There are many reasons why I feel that the situation in Bihar is improving. The few things that I can recall from the top of my mind are listed below.

1. Investment flow into Bihar between 2000 to 2005 was a paltry 26 crores (In the same period some states have received investments which were multifold). In 3 years time , Nov 2005 - Nov 2008, Bihar has got 1000 crores of investment (more than 300 crores came in the 3rd quarter of 2008). This is significant proof that confidence in the Bihar government and governance is improving.

2. Prior government did not even use the entire funds allocated for development within the state. The investment of funds in development has increased multifold as can be seen in the 2008 report.

3. Whereas in Jan 2006, the average number of patients visiting the primary care hospitals was just 39 a month, this has improved to about 4000 patients per month. This shows improvement in common people's confidence.

4. 80,000 teachers were appointed. More are in the process of being appointed. The prior government never bothered to improve the quality of education in Bihar. Atleast the current government understands the importance and has recruited so many teachers and is improving infrastructure.

5. At the end of 2005, there were 24 lakhs students who were not even going to Primary school. This number has reduced to about 10 lakhs.

6. Crime rate figures show a drop as indicated in the attached document.

Thus I would be happy to see the various people disputing these growth figures rather than ridiculing a person's efforts.

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