After facing a massive backlash over rampant unemployment across the state, finally, Chief Minister(CM) Nitish Kumar has opened up about the simmering issue.
Nitish Kumar who has been Bihar’s Chief Minister for a record five times, spoke about rise in employment figures in the state during his party’s tenure in power, compared to the previous regime. “RJD(Rashtriya Janata Dal) was in power for 15 years in Bihar and Jharkhand was then part of Bihar too. Between 1990 and 2005, only 95,000 people were given jobs. In our administration, over 6 lakh jobs were given and besides this many others were enrolled in other services.” Said Nitish Kumar.
The Bihar CM further said that if voted to power, his government would install solar street lights in every village of the state.
Chief Ministerial candidate of the opposition camp, Tejashwi Yadav took a dig at Kumar once again and said, “Respected Nitishji accepts that in 15 years of his government he has destroyed education, health, and industries of the state. He also ruined the present and future of two generations. This is the reason why he does not speak anything about unemployment, jobs industries, investment, and migration. Shouldn’t he speak on these issues?”
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The National Democratic Alliance(NDA) had earlier promised 19 lakh jobs in their manifesto for Bihar.
“I am promising 10 lakh jobs. I could have also promised one crore jobs just for the sake of the promise. But I am not doing that because this will become a reality in the first meeting of the Cabinet. This will be the first time in the country that 10 lakh employment opportunities will be created at one go. This figure is what we require in the state’s workforce at present.” Added Tejashwi Yadav.
The second phase of the Bihar election will go to polls on November 3 and the results will be out on November 10.