Delhi can`t run without Bihar: Nitish

The migration of labourers from Bihar to other developed states has significantly come down, reflecting the state`s growth story, CM Nitish Kumar said.

Last Updated: Mar 18, 2012, 19:59 PM IST

New Delhi: The migration of labourers from
Bihar to other developed states like Punjab and Maharashtra
has significantly come down, reflecting the state`s growth
story, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Sunday.

"Big farmers and entrepreneurs in Punjab are complaining
labour shortage because of decrease in arrival of labourers
from Bihar who are getting employment in their native places
itself," he said at a function here.

Quoting a survey, Kumar said the migration of labourers
from Bihar to other states has come down almost by 26 per cent
because of development work and MNREGA.

He also dismissed suggestions that people of the state
were forced to go out for begging.

"It is wrong to say that people from Bihar and Uttar
Pradesh are forced to go outside for begging. They indeed go
not only to different parts of the country but also abroad
to contribute to their economic growth," he said addressing a
function to mark 100 years of formation of Bihar.

The Chief Minister said the state is writing a new growth
story, as a result of which migration of labourers to Punjab,
Maharashtra and Gujarat has come down now.

On the occasion, he also honoured 20 people from the
state for their commendable job in various fields that
included SEBI Chairman U K Sinha, former Foreign Secretary
Shyam Saran, former cricketer Saba Karim and actor Manoj
Tiwari.

In an apparent dig at the 15-year rule of RJD government
in Bihar, he said people of the state earlier used to hide
their identity as they were looked down upon because of
lawlessness and poor economic growth in the state.

But with the resurgence of the state, he said, its people
living outside seem proud to call themselves Bihari now.

He said Bihar is on the path of development, and earnest
efforts are on to usher in a second green revolution in the
state.

"The second green revolution in Bihar will not be a
photocopy of green revolution in Punjab in 70s but it will
have its own model," he said.

Britishers separated Bihar from Bengal on March 22, 1912.
The completion of 100 year of existence is being celebrated in
the name of Bihar Shatabadi celebration Utsav.

Convener of the Utsav, Sanjay Jha, who is also a BJP MLC
said the NDA government is making efforts to connect people in
different parts of the country to address their problems.

PTI