The same is the scenario in the industrial units at Surat, Nashik and other places in Maharashtra.
This turnaround has been possible by successful implementation of just one single program – National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
It seems that the tide is turning now. Only a few months ago, I wrote here how certain people from Maharashtra wanted to oust Bihari/UP labours from their state. I warned there itself:
…infrastructure will be crumbled if people from UP and Bihar come back and do not do any work in states like Punjab and Maharashtra…
And now it is evident that my fears have been proved true!
This also validates the fact that now there is a development process started in Bihar. Good for poor people of Bihar.. and in fact good for entire Bihar. This has started a never ending process of development from where there is no looking back.
The basic amenities of life are Roti, Kapda aur Makaan (food, clothing and shelter). These fulfilled, people look for next set of three amenities, namely Bijli, Paani aur Sadak (electricity, potable water and road). While NREGA has fullfilled the basic amenities, Nitish Kumar’s government is looking after fulfilling the next set of requirements. One the infrastructure is in place, it is just a matter of time that investments will start pouring in and will finally result in complete development of Bihar.
One more area where I would like to see and improvement, and which has got the potential also, just what is required is political will and funding, is channelization of the rivers to facilitate irrigation througout the state. Punjab is called the food bowl of India and it has got only five major rivers. It was just the planned channelization of rivers which resulted in green revolution there. Bihar has got hundreds of large and small rivers which originate from Himalayas and which have water in them around the entire year. These rives criss-cross entire Bihar in a way that almost every District has got around 10-30 rivers flowing through it.
It is just a matter of channelization so that the water is available to every field for irrigation and it would help in flood control also. Floods cause most of the fertile land in Bihar to remain unutilized for almost three months a year. The land which is capable of yeilding three to four crops per year!