If Nitish Kumar continues to maintain his position at the top of the popularity charts prepared by different surveys to rate Chief Ministers of the country, here is how. The recent nation-wide survey conducted by ORG-Marg and AC Nielsen, which bracketed Nitish with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the best-performing CM, has identified the areas and segments where Nitish has made the real difference. The survey was commissioned by India Today.
First comes Nitish’s phenomenal acceptance level in the State, with 81 per cent respondents from Bihar rating him the best. Only Narendra Modi and Assam CM Tarun Gogoi enjoy such unstinted support, with 82 and 84 per cent respectively backing them in their respective home States.
The initiatives taken in the field of school education have emerged as the biggest factor propelling Nitish’s popularity in Bihar, followed by the state of hospitals, policing, roads and housing. The survey asked the respondents if the quality of key services had improved, deteriorated or remained the same in the last six months.
In Bihar, a whopping 75 per cent of the respondents felt that there was improvement in school education in the, while only 11 per cent believed it had deteriorated.
Twelve per cent were of the opinion that it had remained the same. Two per cent were in the “don’t know/ can’t say” category.
The healthcare initiatives also seemed to go down well with the people. Sixty-one per cent of the respondents were of the view that there had been improvement in the state of healthcare, while 11 per cent thought there was deterioratio. Another 22 per cent did not find any change. Six per cent had no idea.
Policing also fared well for the Nitish Government, with 59 per cent of the people surveyed holding that there had been improvement. Only 12 per cent felt it had deteriorated, while 25 per cent did not find any change. Similarly, in the road sector, 54 per cent of the people surveyed felt there was improvement, while 13 per cent believed it had deteriorated. Thirty-two per cent did not experience any change.
However, there were certain areas like garbage disposal, drinking water availability, housing and electricity where the survey did not throw up encouraging results. In garbage disposal, only 18 per cent felt there had been improvement. Thirty-four per cent believed there had been improvement in the drinking water availability, while just 24 per cent people experienced improvement in the housing sector.
In the power sector, 36 per cent of the respondents believed there was improvement, compared to 22 per cent thinking it had deteriorated. Another 29 per cent did not find any change. The survey included 11 parameters, including Railways and telephone (landline/mobile) both of which are Central subjects.