Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on 1 November downplayed Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav’s poll promise of providing 10 lakh jobs calling it “impossible”. Before stressing that such a plan would cost nearly Rs 1.5 lakh crore, the Janata Dal United (JDU) supremo wondered how Tejashwi would manage such amount of money.
Nitish Kumar then asserted that his government has changed the industrial policy of Bihar and will invite several new industries to the state.
While speaking at a virtual rally called Nishchay Samvad, the Bihar CM hit out at Tejashwi Yadav’s poll promise of providing 10 lakh jobs if he comes to power following the Bihar Assembly elections.
Kumar said, “That is impossible, they won’t get the chance to govern. But for what he (Tejashwi) has said, it will cost the state exchequer ₹ 1.44 lakh crore annually…Should they shelve all other development work?”
He said earlier nobody used to get salaries in time and recalled that several teachers and university professors had told the Chief Minister during his in 2005 that they did not get salaries in time.
“We fixed that. Now, what do they want to do? Again not paying salaries? Will there be no other (development) work?” Kumar said.
“Where will they give the jobs from? Where will they create the posts from? And where is the money?” he added. The chief minister said the promise has been made just to “create confusion” in society.
The Bihar Chief Minister said the state government has worked for just and inclusive development. “We have not ignored anybody ever. Some vote for us, some dont. But we serve everybody.”
He praised his government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying the state’s testing rate is 85,587 per million, which is 6,845 more than the national average, and that Bihar has an impressive recovery rate of 96%.
Kumar said the new generation should be made aware that “earlier there was ”jungle raj” in Bihar (during the RJD rule), and we have been able to establish the rule of law”.
He said that under his government, the state achieved a growth rate of over 12% and the per capita income has increased by 10%.