On the first anniversary of the Nitish Kumar government, Bihar’s efforts to chalk out a path of industrial development got twin fillip with the announcement of setting up of Bihar Development and Investment Council (BDIC) and Bihar Foundation. While the first will act as a ‘think-tank’ towards creating an investment climate, the other will bring together — from across the world — prominent people who belong to the state for its development.
Kumar made these announcements after releasing the report card of his year-old government with the slogan: “Development with Justice”. He said the primary goal of his government was to cater to all sections of the society with justice.
He announced the setting up of a Bihar Foundation to involve Biharis settled elsewhere in India or abroad in the state’s development. “The state government is setting up a Bihar Foundation to network with people originally from the state and now settled in different countries. The aim of the foundation would be to provide a platform for these people to begin a lively relation with the state,” Nitish Kumar told reporters while releasing a report card of his government on the completion of one year in office.
To boost tourism government has come up with a host of schemes at the trade fair to attract tourists from within the country and abroad. The plan includes two heritage hotels at Patna, a 18-hole Golf Course at Bodh Gaya, 9-hole Golf Course at Rajgir and an international convention centre at Patna.
Tourism officials at the India International Trade Fair said on Tuesday that tourism is becoming a major industry in Bihar. “The stage is set for a massive growth,” said Bihar’s Resident Commissioner in Delhi C K Mishra. Tourism officials say the international convention centre will be built at an estimated Rs 50 lakh while the amusement park will come up at Rs 1 crore. The two heritage hotels at Rs 4 crore, golf course at Bodh Gaya at Rs 4.2 crore and the golf course at Rajgir at Rs 2.08 crore.