President Kalam spells out 10 missions for Bihar
Patna, Mar 28: President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam today (Mar 28, 2006) spelt out 10 missions targetted at transforming Bihar as a developed state before 2015.
Dr Kalam said development of agriculture and agro food processing, education and entrepreneurship, healthcare, flood and water management, infrastructure development, creation of ten exclusive economic zones and e-governance can turn around the state.
Development of Nalanda International University, making the state a global human resource hub and tourist destination of the world are also required to rejuvenate the state, the President said while outlining the ten missions.
He said fullfilment of the missions with the collective leadership of the Centre and the state government can make Bihar economically prosperous.
Dr Kalam was addressing a joint session of the legislative council and assembly of Bihar here.
He congratulated the state government for already being on the path of evolving a roadmap for its full fledged development.
Dr Kalam mentioned about the development radar of Bihar brought out by the Planning Commission.
He said the members of the state legislature need to realise that Bihar had the potential to achieve all these aspects better than other states in the country, if only they (legislators) decided to work in synchronisation for the development of the state.
He said developing Bihar should not be hindered by artificial barriers of politics, religion, region and caste.
Increasing agriculture production, activating the sugar industries, dairy development, food processing and horticulture leading to empowering and enrichment of 27 million farmers were the goals, the President said adding that it would also lead to a business of Rs 1,00,000 crore for processed food items in a decade. Dr Kalam said Bihar should try to achieve 75 per cent literacy by 2010 and 100 per cent by 2015 and also for integrated education and entrepreneurship from the secondary to higher education segment. He said the state should also aim at IIT, IISc-RE emphasising on the need for conducting all the university examiniations regularly and in time.
Elaborating on renaissance of the Nalanda International University, Dr Kalam said it could be achieved with international partnership and an outlay of Rs 500 crore. The focus of the university would be evolution of world peace and prosperity, a world devoid of crime, terrorism and war.
He also visualised quality health care for all the 82 million people through mobile clinics, tele-medicine, corporate hospitals and health benefit schemes. Apart from revival of ponds and desilting of river beds, he stressed on creation of waterways in southern Bihar to manage the flood. It would increase irrigated land for about five million hectares, generate 1000 MW of power and employment for nine million people in the next ten years, he added.