Patna: Bihar achieved a growth rate of
16.59 per cent during 2008-09 and had potential to sustain it
to make it rank among developed states by 2015, Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar said today.
"We are extremely happy to know that according to
Central Statistic Office reports the state has achieved a
growth rate of 16.59 per cent ... It`s a miracle," Kumar told
reporters here while releasing performance card of his
government for the past 55 months.
On the law and order front, he said, efforts were made
for containing crime and bring perpetrators to justice. "We
are happy say the rule of law has been established in Bihar."
Kumar said 49,612 people, including criminals, were
either behind bars or convicted since January 2006 after the
NDA came to power, while caste and social tensions had
Claiming that change was visible in all sectors,
including health and education, he said, the number of
dropouts in schools had declined from 25 lakh to seven lakh
and that his government`s scheme of distributing bicycles was
Nitish thanks PM for nod to modern Nalanda varsity bill
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
today thanked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for yesterday`s
cabinet clearance to a bill for setting up a global centre of
learning in Nalanda.
"I thank the PM for his gesture. We will rescind
the earlier act adopted by the state assembly for setting up
the University of Nalanda," Kumar told reporters.
He said the state government had sent its suggestions
sought by the Centre on the bill.
"We had expected the bill to come up in Parliament
during the last session, but it is good that it is coming up
in the monsoon session," he said.
Pegged as a symbol of global cooperation in education,
the Nalanda University, proposed to be set up in Bihar`s
Nalanda district, near the same site where an ancient
university flourished centuries ago, would have schools on
Buddhist studies, philosophy and comparative literature,
historical studies and ecoology and environmental studies.
He said the land acquired by the state government
would be transferred to the Centre for the university.