Posted: 20 Jun 2011 05:33 AM PDT
PATNA: Highly impressed with the development and work culture in China, chief minister Nitish Kumar returned here on Sunday with fond memories, but said that what is happening in China is hard to replicate here.
However, he said, he is planning to send a delegation of legislators and farmers from Bihar to China for studying the agricultural revolution there.
Talking to media at the airport on his arrival from Delhi – he came back from China on Saturday late evening after completing weeklong goodwill visit – Nitish said the all-round development in China is praiseworthy. He himself noticed the tremendous growth in sectors like basic infrastructure, industry, railways, energy, irrigation and agriculture.
Referring to his visit to some villages, he said he was astonished to see one particular crop – foodgrain or vegetable – being grown for miles and miles. “China is producing vegetables not only for domestic consumption but also for exports to other countries. The quality of vegetables grown there is extremely good despite their large size,” he said. The onions there were very large but had the same strong smell found in desi onions, he said.
The CM led a seven-member delegation on a goodwill mission to China from June 12. The delegation included two ministers, Vijay Kumar Chowdhary and Sunil Kumar Pinto, development commissioner K C Saha, CM’s secretaries S Siddhartha and Atish Chandra and presidents of Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Bihar Industries Association O P Sah and S P Sinha, respectively.
Nitish said during his visit he got the opportunity to hold talks with Chinese authorities of various ranks. “The way Chinese government is showing interest in the fields of energy, tourism and solar power, it is believed a new chapter of Sino-Indian cooperation and friendship can be developed,” he emphasized.
He praised the people of China, saying everyone works with a sense of commitment and dedication and whatever they plan they complete it on time. He said eight-lane roads have been constructed in China and their quality is wonderful.
Referring to his participation in a conference on Buddhism, Nitish said, “Buddhism is a way of life in China.” Nitish said he used to start visiting places from 7am till late evening in China, yet he could not see many things he wanted to see.
On his return, a huge crowd of party men, ministers and officials gathered at the airport with bouquets and roses to welcome the CM despite inclement weather.
Posted: 20 Jun 2011 12:33 AM PDT
PATNA: Impressed with the functioning of Bihar government, the US would cooperate with the state in different spheres including agriculture, health, family welfare and education, said assistant secretary, south and central Asian affairs, US government, Robert O Blake, here on Saturday.
After meeting deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and leader of opposition in state assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui, the assistant secretary, who was on his maiden visit to the state, said he was very much impressed with the progress made by Bihar, specially in maintaining law and order and checking corruption. Blake said the best part is that the state has a responsive government. He said the US is very much keen on making investments in agriculture, food processing, energy, health and education.
Blake had also worked in the US embassy in Delhi as deputy chief-de-mission during the period 2003-06.
“Bihar has lots of potential. I am going back to US and will send a business delegation, which would explore the possibilities of cooperation in food processing, family welfare, developing infrastructure for agriculture and innovations in the field, climate change and polio eradication,” Blake said and added that this delegation would come either this year or early next year.
Accompanied by minister for counsellor for political affairs in the US embassy in Delhi, Herro K Mustafa, Blake said that Indo-US relations are on upswing and president Barack Obama is very much keen to take it to a higher level. “We consider India a very important friend,” Blake added.
He added that US attached much importance to education and was keen on cooperating in this sector. In order to cooperate in higher education and exchange of knowledge, a US-India summit on higher education will take place, possibly sometime in October this year. This summit will help in making contact between the people of the two nations who are engaged in higher education. This will bring in new and good ideas in the field, he added.
He appreciated the effort made by a Bihari boy who is producing electricity through rice husk and providing power to 25,000 families in rural Bihar. “It’s really great and we would love to help the state in whatever possible way,” Blake said.
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