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Modi launches slew of projects in Bihar, shares stage with Nitish Kumar

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Patna, July 25, 2015

Modi flags off new schemes for Bihar with Nitish at his side
Stating that development is the panacea for all problems related to poverty, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed satisfaction that there was now a general agreement on this aspect and that states were even becoming competitive with regard to development.
Launching various development projects for poll-bound Bihar here, he stressed that India could progress only through the development of the States and for this the Centre and the States needed to work together.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was among those who shared the stage with Mr Modi at the event.
Mr Modi also said that Bihar needed a special package of much more than the Rs 50,000 crore that he had promised before the elections last year and would make an announcement in this regard at an appropriate time.
 
"I have examined this closely after becoming Prime Minister and I have come to the conclusion that, to help the state achieve its ful potential and to realise the vision that I have for its development, Bihar will need much more than Rs 50,000 crore.
 
"I am not making an announcement now, but I will come here and do so at an appropriate time," he said.
 
"But I can assure you that I will keep my promises and exceed them," he told the gathering.
 
Mr Modi launched the Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana; inaugurated the Daniawan-Bihar Sharif railway line; flagged off the Rajgir-Bihar Sharif-Daniawan-Fatuha passenger train and the Patna-Mumbai AC Suvidha Express; dedicated to the nation the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Patna; launched and laid the foundation stone for Incubation Centre for Medical Electronics, Patna; and inaugurated the construction of the first phase of the Jagdishpur-Haldia pipeline project. 
Emphasizing the importance of infrastructure, Mr. Modi said the gas pipeline and rail projects launched today would provide development and improve the quality of life of the people in the State. 
He also said that if India had to progress, then the development of Eastern India was essential. He also mentioned several road projects that have been approved by the Union Government for Bihar.
The Prime Minister said that IIT Patna should also cater to the State's development needs. He expressed hope that the Incubation Centre for medical devices launched at the IIT would help manufacture medical devices in India to make them easily accessible for all. 
Earlier, Mr Nitish Kumar thanked Mr Modi for the developmental projects launched today and urged him to speed up several other proposals pending with the Centre, including those related to the Railways.
 
"I urge you to take all necessary steps at your level for the development of Bihar," he said, pointing out that the state had suffered because of delays in clearance and implementation of projects.
 
Mr Modi agreed with Mr Nitish Kumar and said politics had led to such delays in the past to the detriment of the state and its people.
 
Apart from Mr Nitish Kumar, Bihar Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi and Union Ministers Suresh Prabhu, Ram Vilas Paswan, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, Upendra Kushwaha and Ram Kripal Yadav were also present on the occasion. 
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