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NRIs for separate ministry in Bihar

The Indian Association For Bihar, Jharkhand in Qatar has called for creation of a separate ministry.

india Updated: Jun 22, 2006 12:30 IST

The Indian Association For Bihar and Jharkhand (IABJ) in Qatar has called for the creation of a separate ministry for non-resident Biharis (NRBs) by the Bihar government.

In a letter to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, IABJ president Shakil Ahmed Kakvi said the creation of such a ministry, on the lines of the Indian government's ministry of overseas Indian affairs, would help mobilise Biharis all over the world to join hands and work for the reconstruction of Bihar.

As of now, only four states - Kerala, Punjab, Gujarat and Goa - have separate departments looking after the affairs of the NRIs of the respective states.

The letter, a copy of which is with the agency, also asked the chief minister to hold a Pravasi Bihari Divas in Patna, which would enable Biharis all over to come together in their own land.

This would also help communities move from abject poverty to abundant living, Kakvi said.

"We have the expertise to organise events like Pravasi Diwas, we will send the team to Bihar to provide all technical assistance in organising Pravasi Bihari Diwas," the letter stated.

It will be quite a new experimental move under your leadership without any financial burden on state of Bihar, Kakvi said in the letter.

The letter also invited Kumar to visit the Gulf nations and meet the NRB communities here.

"I, on the behalf of NRB Qatar, invite you to Doha-Qatar and will also coordinate your visit to UAE in collaboration with Bihar Anjuman of UAE," Kakvi stated in the letter.