Bihar elections: Nitish woos youth, women with Rs 10 lakh aid to start business

(This story originally appeared in on Oct 17, 2020)

AURANGABAD/GAYA: After Mahagathbandhan’s CM candidate Tejashwi Prasad promised 10 lakh jobs to youths at his first cabinet meeting if elected, CM Nitish Kumar on Friday vowed to provide financial support to the youth and women if he gets a fourth consecutive term.

Addressing an election rally at Imamganj in Gaya district, from where ally and HAM(S) chief Jitan Ram Manjhi is the candidate, Nitish said, financial assistance of up to Rs 10 lakh will be provided to youths and the women willing to start their own business. Out of Rs 10 lakh, Rs5 lakh will be subsidy and remaining Rs5 lakh free from any tax.

He added, “To make youths technically skilled arrangements have been made at polytechnics and the ITIs (industrial training institutes) and under the Kushal Yuva programme.”

Like other election rallies, here, too, Nitish asked people to raise both their hands to assure they would vote for the victory of NDA candidate. When the people responded positively, he walked a few steps on the dais to reach up to the HAM (S) president and put a marigold garland around his neck. Then he turned back to the crowd and said, “Now it is your responsibility to ensure that Manjhi Ji wins from here”.

Addressing another rally at Obra in Aurangabad district, Nitish said every girl who passes the intermediate exams will be given Rs25,000 and after graduation, she will be given Rs 50,000 for her education. As of now, Nitish-government provides Rs25,000 to girls passing graduation, Rs12,000 for intermediate and Rs 10,000 to those passing matriculation exam with first division. Nitish also said water will be provided to every farm if he is given another opportunity to serve as CM.

“Under the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali scheme, 3.47 crore saplings were planted across the state against the target of 2.51 crore. Acknowledging this success, the United Nations Organization sent an invitation letter to me to talk about the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali scheme. I addressed the program of the UN through virtual mode,” Nitish said.

He iterated that multi-storied buildings will be constructed in every district for homeless people.

Launching a frontal attack on RJD, Nitish reminded people about the 15- year rule of pati-patni (read Lalu-Rabri). “During that period there was no rule of law. Crime happened frequently and people remained scared all the time,” he said.

Highlighting the latest figure of the NCRB, he said now Bihar is at the 23rd position in the country in terms of crime incidents.

At Belaganj, Nitish reiterated the steps taken to provide 50% reservation to women and reservation to schedule caste/scheduled tribe (SC/ST) in the Panchayat elections.

Addressing the rally at Obra in support of JD (U)’s Obra candidate Sunil Yadav, Nitish said till now, the state government has spent Rs 10,000 crore in the fight against Coronavirus pandemic. “The number of corona tests per 10 lakh people in Bihar is 2500 more than the corresponding national average. Also, 21 lakh migrant workers were provided financial assistance of Rs 1,000 and 22 lakh people were brought back to Bihar by train. Millions of people stayed in the quarantine centres, on which an amount of 5300 per person was spent in 14 days. Due to this, the rate of corona deaths in Bihar is the lowest in the country,” he said.

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