Bihar govt needs a vision for development: Economist

Leading international economist Robin Burgess on Saturday suggested that it must have vision to accomplish its goal over the next five years.

Patna: Lauding the NDA government headed by
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for its commitment to develop the
economically backward state, leading international economist
Robin Burgess on Saturday suggested that it must have vision to
accomplish its goal over the next five years.

Burgess, an international economist at the London School
of Economics (LSE) told a press conference here that the state
government should strive to reduce the rural-urban divide and
bridge the gap between agriculture and industry among steps
for development.

The state government should seek to diversify the
economy by undertaking industrialization that would help
provide employment to the rural people in large numbers, the
economist said.

The service sector too had a vast potential for growth,
both in terms of revenue and employment generation, and the
state government must provide incentives to service providers
in rural areas, apart from monitoring their activities, he
said.

The state government should also promote higher
education in the state by setting up institutes of vocational
studies to enhance skills, he said.

PTI

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