Patna: CM Jitan Ram Manjhi has asked the International Growth Centre (IGC) to come up with some tangible suggestions which will help improving the condition of the downtrodden in Bihar as they are yet to taste the fruit of development despite the state achieving high GDP growth.
Manjhi, while inaugurating the fourth Bihar Growth Conference here on Saturday, said, “We have brought down the poverty from 54% to 40% but in rural areas condition has not changed much and a large section of society is still suffering from the pangs of acute poverty and unemployment.”
The CM said education should not mean only employment but it should focus on self employment as well as decentralization of power and urged the IGC to come up with some solutions in this regard which would work as guideline for the government.
He also made reference to former president APJ Abdul Kalam’s ‘Vision 2020’ in which he has stressed on development of Bihar for the development of India.
The IGC India-Bihar programme began with a Bihar growth day workshop in December 2009 when the Bihar government invited IGC to come to the state and help sustain growth of the state economy. IGC accepted this invitation and made ADRI its host institution. Under the programme, some projects under education, health, finance, rural development, social welfare, water resources and disaster management have been completed in the last four years.
ADRI member secretary and IGC India-Bihar programme country co-director Shaibal Gupta lauded the role of the IGC in shaping the growth of Bihar and also complemented former CM Nitish Kumar for choreographing the development of a ‘Bimaru’ state like Bihar.
Jonathan Leape of London School of Economics, who is also associated with IGC, stressed on the ingredients for the development like education and health and said the leakage in the growth schemes must be plugged.
The two-day conference will ponder over certain issues at its five sessions and three special lectures by renowned policymakers and thinkers from LSE, Harvard, Oxford University, Columbia University and bureaucrats.
Water resources development minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary and finance minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav were also present on the occasion.