I congratulate and wish all the people present on the occasion of Bihar Deewas – Nitish Kumar

Patna, March 22, 2023: – Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar today lit the lamp on Bihar Deewas 2023 (March 22-24) in the historic Gandhi Maidan and inaugurated the program by flying balloons.Addressing the organized program on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that I congratulate and wish all the people present on the occasion of Bihar Deewas. I also congratulate Padma Shri Anand Kumar, Shri Dheeraj Kumar, Sushri Jyoti Kumari, and Sushri Pal Sakshi, who will be honored today. He said that we have been celebrating Bihar Deewas on March 22 since 2010. In November 1911, Bihar and Odisha were announced to be separated from Bengal. Its notification was issued on March 22, 1912, and Bihar and Odisha came into existence after separating from Bengal. We discussed and decided that we would celebrate Bihar deewas on March 22 with everyone. In 2012, a program was organized on a large scale on the completion of 100 glorious years of Bihar. People from Bihar who live in the country and abroad also celebrate Bihar Day. Today, I am quite happy to see such a large-scale program being organized. Today, the 111th anniversary is being celebrated. On the occasion of Bihar Day, many types of programs are organized from the district to the village level. Bihar Deewas celebrations last for three days.

On the occasion of Bihar Deewas, not only in Bihar but also in other states of the country and outside the country where Biharis are present, Bihar Deewas is celebrated. I extend my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to all those who live anywhere in the world. The Chief Minister said that Bihar has a very glorious history. It was here that Mahatma Buddha attained enlightenment. Lord Mahavir was also born, attained knowledge and Nirvana here. The first Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj, and the 9th Guru of the Sikhs, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Maharaj, also came here. The birthplace of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, was also here. In 2017, the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj was celebrated here with great enthusiasm. The Prakash Parv is celebrated every year. Bihar has also been the land of Sufi saints. Maner Sharif, Khanqah Mujibia, and Mitthan Ghat are the land of Sufi saints. Bihar is the most ancient place. It is the land of Chandragupta Maurya, Chanakya, Emperor Ashoka, and Aryabhata. In the name of these great personalities, we have established the Chandragupta Management Institute, Emperor Ashoka Convention Center, Chanakya Law University, and Aryabhata Knowledge University. The world-famous ancient Nalanda University has also been reopened in Bihar. Bihar Museum is of international standard.
The Chief Minister of Bihar has highlighted the progress made in the field of education and women’s empowerment in the state. He mentioned that the number of girls going to school has increased significantly and their passing percentage in the inter exams has surpassed that of boys. The government has also implemented 50 percent reservation for women in Panchayati Raj and municipal body elections, as well as 35 percent reservation for women in police services.In addition to these efforts, the government has also established self-help groups under the name of Jeevika, which has provided livelihood opportunities to over 1 crore 30 lakh women. The government has also taken steps to improve infrastructure in the state, including providing tap water, concrete roads, street lights, and toilets to every household, as well as delivering electricity and irrigation water to all fields.The Chief Minister emphasized the importance of youth education and training, and the government has launched several schemes to provide employment opportunities to the youth, such as the Mukhyamantri Udyami Yojana, which offers a grant of Rs. 5 lakhs and interest-free loans up to Rs. 5 lakhs to eligible youths. These efforts are expected to drive the progress of Bihar and empower its youth population.”The Chief Minister said that Bihar’s development rate has been increasing since 2009. It has often been the highest in the country. While the per capita income in the country is 1.5 lakh rupees, in Bihar it is only 64,383 rupees. Bihar should be given the status of a special state. With the status of a special state, Bihar will progress rapidly. After the year 1931, there has been no census based on caste in the country. An attempt was made in 2011, but the report was not published properly due to some issues.

All the people of Bihar’s political parties had demanded a caste-based census, but it was not accepted. We are conducting a caste-based census in Bihar. This survey will also reveal the economic status of the people. Everyone should cooperate in the caste-based census. Along with the construction of roads, bridges, and buildings, maintenance is also being carried out.”–The Chief Minister of Bihar was presented with a sapling and turban during a ceremony held to celebrate the state’s 111th Foundation Day. The event, which had the theme of ‘Yuva Shakti Bihar Ki Pragati’, was organized over three days and featured a short film titled ‘Khelega Bihar Khilega Bihar’, prepared by the State Sports Authority, Art Culture and Youth Department.We work for the development and upliftment of all sections of society. Nowadays, the media has taken over, and those who don’t work are constantly talked about. The good work happening in Bihar does not get discussed, while the work that is not happening is talked about. During the Samadhan Yatra, the person visited all districts and understood the suggestions and problems of the people. Basic structures have been constructed in Bihar, but it’s not just about constructing them, it’s also about maintaining them. We should not argue among ourselves but maintain an environment of love and brotherhood.Everyone’s support is needed to move Bihar forward. All people should come together and contribute to the development of Bihar. With everyone’s support, Bihar can achieve its heights.

During the ceremony, the Chief Minister rewarded Padma Shri Anand Kumar with a check of two lakh rupees, clothes, and honors. Additionally, National Award winner Shri Dheeraj Kumar, who saved his younger brother from a crocodile, was given a laptop, tracksuit, and letter of honor for his bravery.Cycle Girl Ms. Jyoti Kumari and Ms. Pal Sakshi were also honored by the Chief Minister for their excellent work. The children of Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan performed the Bihar song, while the Bihar Sangeet Natak Academy and Art Culture and Youth Department presented the Bihar Gaurav Anthem.The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Bihar Day Celebrations-2023 and observed various exhibitions related to development works being done by different departments at the historical Gandhi Maidan in East Patna.

Additional Chief Secretary Education Department Mr. Deepak Kumar Singh presented a memento to the Chief Minister in honor of the occasion.The Chief Minister reviewed the exhibition organized by various departments including the Education Department, Kilkari Bihar Bal Bhavan, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Shrikrishna Science Center, Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, SDRF, NDRF and other departments. A short film based on the rescue and relief work done in Bihar after the disaster since 2005 was shown before the Chief Minister by Bihar State Disaster Management Authority.The event was addressed by Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Tejaswi Prasad Yadav, Education Minister Dr. Chandra Shekhar, Finance, Commerce Tax and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Mr. Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, Chief Secretary Mr. Amir Subhani and Additional Chief Secretary Education Department Mr. Deepak Kumar Singh

.On this occasion, Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Sanjay Kumar Jha, Minister of Building Construction, Mr. Ashok Chaudhary, Minister of Food and Consumer Protection, Mrs. Lesi Singh, Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Kumar Sarvjeet, Minister of Labour Resources, Mr. Surendra Ram, Minister of Disaster Management, Mr. Shah Nawaz, Minister of Minor Water Resources, Mr. Jayant Raj, Minister of Prohibition, Production and Regulation, Mr. Sunil Kumar, Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Sumit Kumar Singh, Deputy Chairman of Bihar Legislative Council, Mr. Ramchandra Purve, Former Minister Mr. Shah Nawaz Hussain, MPs/MLAs/Members of Legislative Councils from Bihar, Deputy Chairman of Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Mr. Uday Kant Mishra, Director of Bihar Museum and Advisor to the Chief Minister, Mr. Anjani Kumar Singh, Chief Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr. Deepak Kumar, Members of Bihar State Disaster Management Authority, Mr. P.N. Rai and Mr. Manish Kumar Verma, Advocate General of Bihar, Mr. P.K. Shahi, Director General of Police, Mr. R.S. Bhati, Principal Secretaries/Secretaries/Additional Chief Secretaries of concerned departments, Chief Secretary of the Chief Minister, Mr. Anupam Kumar, Commissioner of Patna Division, Special Officers of the Chief Minister including Mr. Gopal Singh, and a large number of the general public were present.


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