Bihari NRIs congratulate Nitish Kumar, offer to partner in development of state

Indian Americans from Bihar on Tuesday urged the chief minister to identify education, health and industrialization as focus areas

Congratulating Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on his electoral victory, Indian Americans who trace their roots to Bihar have offered their services in the development of the eastern state.

A group of Indian Americans from Bihar on Tuesday urged the chief minister to identify education, health and industrialization as focus areas of his government for the next five years.

“We want the (Bihar) government to involve us or partner with us in development of Bihar, especially in the field of health, education and technology,” Avinash Gupta, president of Bihar and Jharkhand Association of North America, said.

“Bihar has the potential to be a great tourist destination which will create thousands of jobs,” Alok Kumar, past president of the Federation of Indian Association, said, adding that he hopes Kumar would focus on education and health sector more than ever.

Technology professional Sanjeev Singh said Bihar’s infrastructure and law and order improved in recent past, but there was a long way to go in many areas like basic education, social justice and employment.

“I expect the new government to make a five-year rapid growth plan on these sectors which will take Bihar to further level and help to showcase its full potential,” he said.

Describing Bihar as “a land of enlightenment” Sudhanshu Prasad, former Council Man, Edison Township in New Jersey, said the people of the state have great expectations from the new government.

“People must be made to feel that they are the stakeholders,” he said.

“We NRIs, would strongly recommend to shift the focus on industry growth to target 50 per cent of the state income. This would not only bring more employment opportunities to Bihar residents but also open more avenues for business growth,” said businessman Rajiv Akhaury. 

More Special Economic Zones and smart cities should be established to promote exports and attract companies to establish their units, he said.  

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