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Kalam asks politicians to work on devp politics

Former president A P J Abdul Kalam asked politicians today to involve themselves in development politics to restore public confidence in the political system of the country.

patna Updated: Nov 15, 2011 15:15 IST

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam asked politicians today to involve themselves in development politics to restore public confidence in the political system of the country.

"The political system does not enjoy full confidence of the people inspite of the good work done over the years," he said addressing Bihar law makers at a seminar '243 Development Pillars of Bihar' at the state legislator premises.

The lawmakers should take their election to the assembly as an opportunity to deliver the goods to their electors in their individual constituencies which would help shape an economically developed, happy, prosperous and peaceful state.

Kalam suggested harnessing of agriculture productivity and marketing, attracting medium and small scale industries, promoting the tourism industry, besides mitigation of flood and water shortage and implementation of a sustained rural development system for making Bihar a developed state.

To increase agricultural output farmer cooperatives should be formed to put together small land holdings for farming through mechanized methods.

Farmers of the small holdings could be deployed in the agriculturual marketing network and create value addition to the agriculture produces and in other high growth sectors.

Besides, community managed agricultural marketing system should be set up so that farmers themsleves could search to market their produces at the best price.

Kalam said Bihar, which has centres of multiple religions, should explore its tourism sector as it has the potential for employment generation on a large scale.

The state government should set a target of attracting one million foreign and ten million domestic tourists every year and set out on a five-year tourism mission to put in place infrastructure (road and transport system) and train human resources to attain global standards of tourism.

The government could get into partnership, if required, with international communities for funding infrastructure development for spiritual centres, he said.

On floods and drought that affect Bihar almost every year, Kalam asked the state government to adopt a 15-year vision programme to create waterways so that it not only becomes flood-free, but also generates abundant power and provides irrigation system in the districts and navigational waterways that will attract domestice and international tourists.

With rural population thronging to urban areas for a living, he urged the state government to launch the programme Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas for development of rural regions of the state.

Bihar government should set up 500 PURA complexes across the state to cater to the development aspirations of about 45,000 villages, he added.