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Take benefit of same party government in Bihar, centre: Nitish to his ministers

“We must work closely with the central government to power growth in Bihar”, chief minister Kumar said at the meeting, his first with his cabinet colleagues, since he took office last week.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2017 19:04 IST
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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CM Nitish Kumar (right) and deputy CM Sushil Modi at a meeting with ministers, in Patna on Wednesday.(AP Dube/HT photo)

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar had a meeting with his cabinet colleagues on Wednesday to discuss how to fine tune co-ordination within the JD (U)-BJP-LJP government, that he heads, to take maximum advantage of having the same party government in the state and at the centre.

“We must work closely with the central government to power growth in Bihar”, Kumar told his colleagues at the meeting.

The meeting was held around the same time as when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was tweeting about his discussions on a wide range of issues, particularly on development of eastern India, with MPs from Bihar and other eastern states.

It was the first meeting of Kumar with his ministers. It was followed by another one he had with the secretaries of all departments. The focus was on putting together a growth road map, while reviewing the status of work done by departments. He warned, “We have just three years to deliver on all targets set for inclusive growth”.

Reiterating the need for a bigger thrust to ongoing schemes, Kumar told the ministers to be in sync with the peoples mood and their craving for development.

“With the government s of the same parties now in the state as well as the Centre, the main emphasis is on aligning the development schemes to take maximum advantage,” said a minister, adding, Bihar had a golden chance to make the most of the available opportunities and the CM wanted everyone to make it count.

Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the new ministers in the Nitish cabinet were apprised of the rules of executive business and asked to work for the seven resolves, for bettering the lives oof the people. “Kumar also took feedback from new ministers about their experiences, expectations and issues, if they had any”, he added.

Modi said, Kumar wanted all the ministers to work out a plan to take maximum advantage of the centrally-sponsored schemes through timely expenditure and proper utilization of funds. “The ministers were also asked to prepare details of funds released and, expenditure so far, besides the backlog,” he added.

Modi, in his address, said that the difference in governance, by way of a better show than the preceding ‘grand alliance’ government, must show and that would require wholehearted approach to work, as the Centre was also keen on helping Bihar.

“The fruits of development in every sphere must reach the people, for whom the entire exercise is meant. The ministers must identify Central schemes and prepare a detailed budget, so that they could be pursued with the Centre,” he added.

Parliamentary affairs minister Shravan Kumar said the chief minister gave details of the ‘seven resolves’ and ongoing schemes. “He will do detailed department wise review and have another meeting six months later to take stock of the pace of development,” he added.

Later, the CM hosted a lunch for his cabinet colleagues while interacting informally with them. He asked the ministers to inform the district chiefs of all the alliance partners while visiting districts so that the trip could work to the maximum advantage of the ruling alliance..

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 19:04 IST