Modi woos investors for Bihar at Pravasi Divas

Bihar`s Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the single window clearance mechanism there will be made effective to the point that it "actually functions".

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 20:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Assuring the strong diaspora
from Bihar willing to invest in its home state of all support,
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday said the single
window clearance mechanism there will be made effective to the
point that it "actually functions".

"Though there is a single window act in the State,
there are several small windows behind that single window. We
discussed the issue with the Chief Minister last month and I
can assure you before March 31 we will provide single window
which will be actually functioning as single window," he said.

It will be the responsibility of the Government to
procure all types of clearances, Modi said interacting with
NRIs from Bihar at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here.

His promise to potential investors came when one of
the doctors currently based in United Kingdom expressed his
frustration at having to run from one official to another to
set up a super speciality hospital in the State.

Modi contended that things have changed for the better
in Bihar and it is not the same as it used to be five years
back.

"About five years back people used to hide their
Bihari identity. I know many people who used to say they
belonged to some other place. Now things have completely
changed," the BJP leader said.

Riding high on the NDA`s resounding electoral victory
in the state, he said that although it was difficult to
transform Bihar, the process of transformation had already
begun.

"There was lack of governance, though Government was
there. What Nitish Kumar did was that he brought back
governance in Bihar," he said.

Modi underlined that credible leadership, inclusive
politics taking all sections into confidence, development and
good governance and sincere effort played a pivotal role in
this transformation process.

"By end of 2011 or early of 2011 we will be holding
this type of conference (on lines of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas)
in Patna itself for those interested in development of Bihar.

In 2005, the state had hosted the `Resurgent Bihar` conclave,"
the BJP leader said.

Modi said his Government was laying emphasis on
creation of infrastructure like road and improving the power
sector, a goal which has become a major challenge for the
state.

He said that while investment proposals in power
sector for generating a combined 28000 MW has been received by
the State Government, the Centre should support the state in
providing coal linkages to execute the projects.

When Modi`s attention was drawn to states like
Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh which have attracted sizable
investment, he said Bihar can woo good investment too provided
it was declared a special category state like them where
investors get excise and other exemptions.

He said the ruling NDA in Bihar will also finalise a
policy on renewable energy within the next three months
besides a policy for technical institutes.

Admitting that there was lack of civic amenities in
Bihar, he said, "We have more mobile phones than toilets."

However, he said the government has launched several
schemes like Lohia Swachhata Abhiyan to improve sanitation
facilities in the state.

"We are providing Rs 2200 for constructing toilets for
BPL families," he said, adding that the Nitish government has
appealed to people in Bihar not to give their girls (in
marriage) to families which don`t have a toilet.

PTI