PM Narendra Modi promises package bigger than Rs 50,000 crore for poll-bound Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Patna, July 25: Kickstarting poll campaign in Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said politics has hurt the state’s development and promised to give it a package “bigger” than Rs 50,000 crore which he had announced earlier.

Narendra Modi, who launched a power project here on his maiden visit since becoming the Prime Minister in June last year, said: “The Chief Minister just gave a detailed overview of how much damage development suffers because of politics.”

Sharing dais with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who had parted ways with BJP for projecting him as Prime Ministerial candidate two years back, Modi took a jibe at JD(U)’s new partner RJD chief Lalu Prasad, saying railway ministers who “came from here” after the Vajpayee government had “halted work”.

Referring to developmental projects initiated during the previous NDA government, he said, “The work which could have been completed during Atal ji (Bihari Vajpayee’s) tenure took 2015 to be finished. I totally agree with Nitish ji that if the (Lok Sabha) polls (in 2004) had taken place six months later (than April-May), the work could have been completed then only,”

Modi said Nitish Kumar, who spoke before him, has high hopes from the Central government and “we are working towards fulfilling the states’ needs by increasing allocation to states.”

He recalled that when came to the state before last year’s Lok Sabha elections, he had announced that Bihar will be given a special package of Rs 50,000 crore.

“Looking at our dreams for a prosperous Bihar, we will give a bigger package than Rs 50,000 cr. This is my promise,” the Prime Minister said, adding that he will make an announcment regarding this at the right time.

Modi hails scientists

Stressing that the work done by scientists should be appreciated and honoured, the Prime Minister said the former sacrifice their dreams to benefit the future generations.

Addressing at the 87th foundation day of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Modi said: “Scientists are always engrossed and lost in their work. They do not pay attention to themselves or even their families. But by sacrificing their dreams they benefit future generations by their work. Scientists should be appreciated, their work should be honoured.”

The Prime Minister said: “Many things are possible in a laboratory, but if it cannot be replicated in the real world then what is the use…. The extension of the mind of a scientist should be a farmer.”

He further said that entrepreneurs in India must focus on organic farming and honey production, which are emerging as big markets around the world.

“Now the market for organic farming around the world is growing rapidly… Globally honey production is a very huge market and it doesn’t require a lot of effort to produce, it is a big opportunity,” he said.

“When I was Gujarat Chief Minister I had sent a team to USA to learn bloodless cataract surgery for cattle, it was successfully done,” he added.

(With Agency Inputs)

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