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Nawada: Union minister of state for Micro small and medium enterprises and Nawada BJP MP Giriraj Singh has squarely blamed Bihar government for cold shouldering his three demands namely providing an acre of government land for Charkha installation and training centrr at village Khanwan in Hisua assembly constituency and birth place of Bihar’s first CM Sri Krishna Singh, tool rooms for Industrial training institutes(ITIs)) located at Patna and Nawada as well as establishment of  Flower and fragrance development centre (FFDC)) in the state. While the FFDC’s director at Kannauj had promised full co-operation, the state government continues to turn a Nelson’s eye, he saidpersons.

Talking to the media at Nawada circuit house on Sunday, Singh informed that despite personally meeting the state chief secretary and several telephonic reminders in the last few months on these issues, the chief secretary has not paid any heed. He said that as a result several hundred women including housewives, farmers and students have been deprived of self-employment opportunities.

Elaborating on his demands, the union minister informed that he had personally asked the chief secretary for providing 13 tool rooms located in Patna and one at Nawada to provide training to 33,000 students ranging from ITI to B.Tech,  who, in turn could pass on the mantle to the next generation of students. While many states had complied with the proposal, Bihar government remains indifferent, Singh said. He was, however,  thankful to S Siddharth, the principal secretary of Information and Technology department, Bihar, for allotting a tool room for Nawada ITI last year, but another tool room was needed presently to fully cater to the needs of the burgeoning number of ITI students in the district.

Singh said the state government has yet to any pay heed to his proposal to establish training centers for FFDC  whose main objective is to serve, sustain and upgrade the status of farmers and industry engaged in the aromatic cultivation and its processing, to make them competitive both in local and global market. This was another area which could lure away farmers from traditional and unprofitable pattern of agriculture heavily dependent on weather conditions.

He lamented that over 100 women allotted charkha (spinning wheel) under the Khadi Kutir Udyog at Khanwan village work on land leased by the villagers insufficient for expansion and training once multi-loom mechanized handlooms were imported from China. The imported machines would enable housewives to earn around Rs 80,000 annually.

Taking a dig at Bihar CM NitishKumar for  trumpeting the implementation of prohibition in Bihar and indulging in self-patting, Giriraj said that Nitish was a “nakalchi baba” (copy and paste fellow) and was simply  following the footsteps of the PM who had implemented total prohibition in Gujarat when he was the CM. Nitish, he added, better concentrate on improving the dismal law and order in Bihar which reminded the people of ‘Jungle Raj’.



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