Seek feedback from Twitter: Nagaland Guv to Nitish
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 20:51
Patna: Nagaland Governor Nikhil Kumar today lauded the NDA government for doing good work in Bihar's development but suggested the state should also take the feedback from social networking sites as well.

The state should seek feedback from opinion-makers on the social networking sites like Twitter and incorporate their ideas in the development process, the former MP from Aurangabad constituency, said at a seminar 'Governance in India : Challenges and Responses' here.

While NDA was basking in the glory of a massive mandate to run the affairs of Bihar, political stability was not the only yardstick for development of a state, but engagement with right thinking people did serve the purpose in planning and formulating strategies for allround development, he said.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar must also set up a mechanism to acknowledge inputs put out by people on development issues and reply to any letter by an individual on the matter, the Governor said.

The suggestions by the people should be duly acknowledged as part public interaction mechanism in addition with the 'Janata Darbar' exercise, Kumar said while lauding the NDA government "for doing good works to usher in development in Bihar."

The former Lok Sabha MP from Aurangabad recalled that he had himself given certain suggestions to the state government on the planning for infrastructure development of the state capital.

His suggestions entailed measures for inviting private investment for development of Patna, but he had not received any response from the state government, Nikhil Kumar said.

Senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi attributed Bihar's backwardness to political instability for over four decades till the NDA came to power in 2005 and stemmed the rot.

Bihar witnessed political instability since the first Chief Minister Sri Krishna Singh lost power in 1961 and the process continued till the last days of the RJD-led rule in early 2000 to lose out on development, said.

He said there was "simply no vision of development" among those who ruled the state during this period.

However, the NDA government headed by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken Bihar on the path of development and put in place review and monitoring mechanism from the state headquarters to the ground level, the Deputy Chief Minister said, claiming the results were already showing at both micro and macro levels.

Senior journalist Swapan Dasgupta emphasized on the need for good governance with ideological neutrality to carry out development in right spirit and in larger public interest.

The governments should provide good governance and ensure ideological neutrality for expeditious development all across the country, he said.

"Unfortunately, the planning process has become highly centralized over the years and the governments in-power have been guided by populism to set out development agendas," Dasgupta underscored.

The seminar was organised by the Asian Development Research Institute.


First Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 20:51

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