Patna, Aug 6: As Bihar assembly elections 2015 are fast approaching, the state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday, Aug 1 launched a programme "Jigyasa", as a part of its "Badh Chala Bihar" (Bihar moving forward) campaign.
Kumar, who is hoping to retain power in Bihar this time too, launched the programme at his official residence at 7 Circular Road in Patna.
Sources told OneIndia that "around 35 lakh people participated from different academic intellectual group with around 3,025 proposals in hand out of which 27 best proposals were selected for documenting the development of Bihar."
The campaign was launched by the ruling party JD(U), to involve study and research for Bihar development journey 2015. The key areas of concentration would be on health, agriculture, law and order of the state, education and women empowerment.[After BJP's complaint, EC stays Nitish's 'Badh Chala Bihar' campaign]
The one-week programme started on Saturday, Aug 1 and will culminate on Saturday, Aug 8. Jigyasa is a research-based paper writing competition, in which research scholars, teachers and students will participate in primary research tour across the state.
While launching the programme, Kumar had said, "We are working on Self Help groups. Our target is to make 10 lakh Self Help Groups."
''Badh chala Bihar" campaign is a part of upcoming assembly elections that aims for catalysing development through analysis, by viewing the proposal ideas from different states intellectual and public information department. They have come up with ideas and proposals for development of Bihar in the orientation programme led by Kumar.
Dr Anita Srivastava from Patna Women's College, who is leading a team of five women, talked to OneIndia and said that she will be working on System of Rice Intensification (for Paddy crops) (SRI) for role and relevance for Bihar development. The submission of final proposal will be given on Sunday, Aug 16.
She also told OneIndia that final three best proposals will be awared by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The winner will get Rs 1,00,000, while first and second runner ups will get Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 respectively.
Third and fourth runner ups will be given Rs 15,000 each. Other 20 teams will get Rs 5,000 cash prize.