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Manmohan to visit Bihar on July 17

Manmohan Singh will be arriving in& Patna on July 17, his first visit to the State after the installation of Nitish Kumar Government, reports Amitabh Jha.
Hindustan Times | By Amitabh Jha, Patna
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2007 08:04 PM IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be arriving in the State Capital on July 17, his first visit to the State after the installation of Nitish Kumar Government.

A letter to this effect had been received from the Prime Minister’s Office, said Chief Secretary AK Chaudhary.

“During his stay here, the Prime Minister would review the State’s agricultural scenario and the major investment projects that need to be expedited,” the Chief Secretary said. He, however, declined to specify the duration of the visit or give any further details.

The last meeting of the National Development Council had adopted a resolution to “reorient agricultural development strategies.” It had called for achieving an overall agricultural growth of 4 per cent for the country during the 11th Plan period.

It announced a national Food Security Mission under which an additional eight million tonnes of wheat, 10 million tonnes of rice and 2 million tonnes of pulses are to be produced over the next four years on the production base of 2006-07.

“Schemes involving linkages of rivers within a State could also be considered for Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Scheme,” the resolution said.

Since Bihar is the only State to have mooted such a proposal, it indicates how much importance the Centre attaches to boosting agricultural production in the State.

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