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Bihar Vikas Mission formed to implement Nitish Kumar’s ideas

The new body will execute projects in seven important sectors identified by the Bihar government

Patna: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet on Monday cleared the setting up of the Bihar Vikas Mission to help the government implement its “saat nishchay" or seven electoral promises.

“The new body will ensure faster implementation of the goals set by the chief minister for the state in the next five years. It will ensure faster execution of the seven resolves of the chief minister in the fields of human skills, agriculture, human resources development, infrastructure and industrial promotion," said secretary of the cabinet coordination department, Brijesh Mehrotra.

Setting up a special team to help the government implement its promises was political strategist Prashant Kishor’s idea. Kishor, who is now Kumar’s advisor, played a crucial role in the Grand Alliance’s victory in Bihar.

“No one in the Bihar government has the capability to execute a mandate that is so ambitious. So they thought of taking help from expert stakeholders, taking help from people who are rich in experience in various sectors. Our team will work in Bihar to implement all the seven points mentioned in Kumar’s election manifesto," a member of the Indian Political Action Committee (IPAC) who did not want to be named said. IPAC is a company founded by Kishor.

The chief minister will head the team. Ministers and principal secretaries of departments, the chief secretary and the development commissioner, among others, will be its members. According to people familiar with the matter, Kishor will also be on the committee.

The seven resolves of the Grand Alliance include providing students who have cleared class 7 a student credit card to get a loan of 4 lakh with an interest subvention of 3%, setting up a venture capital fund of 5,000 crore for young entrepreneurs, providing electricity to all habitations and villages of the state in the next two years, providing each household with a drinking water pipeline, constructing 172,000 toilets to get rid of open defecation, and free Wi-Fi facilities in colleges and universities.

PTI contributed to this story.