Expectations from Gobal Bihar Meet
Overseas coordinator, Global Bihar Meet.
Daejeon, S korea
The first ever Global Bihar Meet organized by Bihar times & Institute for Human
development, New Delhi in association with govt of Bihar on Jan 19 ,2007 –Jan
21,2007 at SK memorial Hall is at door. The preparation for making it successful
remembrance meet is on full swing. Bihar Govt ,particularly Hon’ble DY CM of Bihar,
Sri Sushil Kumar Modi with its counterpart Hon’ble CM ,Sri Nitish Kumar jee are
involved themselves in inviting top brasses of India & abroad including President of
India , PM of Mauritius,Sri Naveen Gopal , RBI governer etc , many new names are
being included into it.
It looks Patna is going to be most happening destination for some days where NRIs,
NRBs, Industrialists, academicians, scientists & social workers from different
countries and states of India are visiting to show their presence for the noble cause
into this summit and give blessings to new Bihar for their healthy & prosperous
As the reports last came in, altogether 70-80 NRIs of different countries & over 150
NRBs of different states of India including CEOs/CTOs of big companies are expected
This is the first time that people of Bihar from different country will be sitting
together and will be discussing on development perspectives of the state, giving their
proposal to invest into state, giving their ideas to develop Bihar and more than this
all will interact each other for the noble cause which may develop fertile ground for
the big investment in the state.
President A P J Abdul Kalam will inaugurate the Global Bihar Meet in Patna on
January 19 and the Prime Minister of Mauritius Navin Gopal will also grace the
occasion. “Former RBI Governor and Chairman of PM’s Economic Advisory Council, C
Rangarajan has given his consent to give the valedictory address on January 21,
The other technical sessions will be attended by representatives from the World
Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF and Bihar Industries Association.
Though many big shots are participating in this global meet, the question arises
Should we expect large investment from this global meet?
Are NRIs /Industrialists of Bihar confident & secured to invest in the state?
Will they invest on the basis of son of the soil?
These are the big question in the minds of every one, all fear about repetition of
past unfruitful NRIs meet in 1990’s.
Let us come and discuss on these aspects which is directly or indirectly related to the
development of the state.
Why Investors may think about Bihar?
To be very frank, businessmen are the only businessman who doesn’t work on
sentiments. They usually don’t think about the investment where conditions and
situation are not favorable even if they are the son of the soil.
They establish their industries which happen to be most suitable for them. This is the
main reason why many states of India progressed very well by making their
destination favorable to Businessman. In India , except some states like Maharashta,
Gujarat, Punjab, UP, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka etc ,other states were
not successful in luring large nos of investors in their states because of worse Law &
order and Infrastructure , internal terrorism etc which always hinders business man
from opening their business and R&D houses.
Bihar which is supposed to be most backward state in India has been devoid of willful
politicians and policy makers. The selfish, non co-operation & non –coordination
attitude of not only Local politicians and the govt but also erudite who have not been
contributed for the development of the state. This resulted anarchy after
independence particularly in 15 yrs misrule of the past RJD govt. The state was
known to be hub of knowledge, sheet of learning, enlightening whole world through
scientific, cultural and ethical values has become sorry state of India. We have not
seen any investment by major players of India in Bihar because of the bad
environment for the investment in state even though many major players started
their business from united Bihar like TATA, MAHINDRA etc
The new NDA govt in Bihar which has just come into power, a year ago have initiated
development process. They have very tough task for ameliorating & changing rotten
systems, mending Law & order situation, paying attention into infrastructure
development (Road, electricity, Transportation) & developing education system
which are the key factor for the development of the state.
Following are the efforts made by govt in around one year
1. Law & order situation improved: the first & foremost condition of NRIs
and industrialists for Non –committal to investment in the state is worst
law & order situation. They don’t want to invest because local goondas,
hooligans demand “firouti” from the businessman. The most vital part
was, they all were running their business under local politicians. This govt
have taken strict action on these activities and the situation is improved,
crime rate has decreased, and people in Patna started moving on the
roads in the late nights with their family & friends. In other parts of Bihar
also, Law and order has gradually improved. This is also to be noted that
miscreants and goondas are now smashed in the public. This is also one
major change which has been witnessed in this new regime.
2. Infrastructure development: the state govt has given much attention
on improving road condition and electricity. If you visit Bihar, everywhere
construction works has started. The connection links between Patna and
North Bihar through Muzaffarpur & Hajipur has been given more attention.
The govt has decided to start work on four lane road between Patna and
Muzaffarpur which is the National Highway. The construction works has
been started on the flood affected areas between Sitamarhi and
Muzaffarpur by constructing long bridges and good roads. This is to be
noted that Muzaffarpur, Hajipur can be best destination for investment in
tourism, education and Sugar and also IT because of the good
connectivity with the state capital. Sitamarhi, the boarder dist of Nepal
can be best destination for tourist for Hindu goddess “Sita”. Darbhanga,
Motihari, Bhojpur, sonepur May also become favorable destination for
investors in the field of Food processing unit, fruit exports and also the
pharmaceutical industry because of its connectivity by good roads and
distance from state capital .
All Buddhist circuit places have been already connected by good
Roads where Japan. China & Singapore etc countries are investing on the
improving road condition and other infrastructure development. And many
more Buddhist countries are interested for infrastructure development of
this part of Bihar particularly in Hotel industry, roads and power etc.
It seems, within 2-3 yrs, all parts of Bihar will connected by good roads.
3. Educational development: This govt has vision for improving education
system of Bihar right from Primary education to higher level education.
Recently implementation of common school system (first time in India),
appointment of 50,000 teachers in govt primary schools , establishment of
extension center of BIT Mesra at Patna ,establishment of National Law
school (in the name of Chanakya) at patna, new strict order for professors
in colleges for improving standards of education are some of the major
steps taken by govt. The establishment of New IIT and re-opening of
Nalanda University is also one of the major decisions taken by govt in
Bihar. Many countries such as Japan, Singapore, Indonesia & china are
ready to play major role in reviving this ancient sheet of learning at
Nalanda. Many engineering colleges, Medical colleges and Management
colleges are going to be opened in which private sector is playing major
role. There is huge demand for the investment in Bihar in opening engg &
medical colleges, Management and Hotel management colleges. R&D
institutes, IT Design and training centers in Bihar.
4. Investment Initiatives: Bihar govt has approved investment proposals
of around Rs. 25000 crore in last one year. Around Rs 4,600 crore has
been invested for opening new sugar factories and the revival of the
closed ones. This is the major Breakthrough in the industry of Bihar. All
the closed Nine sugar factories has been re opened and many private
companies has come forward for establishing sugar industries in Bihar.
The Bihar Foundation has been established by the govt under DY CM of
Bihar. This is an agency to be put in place by the government
soon, will coordinate efforts to bring in investments from outside the state
and link them to local enterprises. The Deputy Chief Minister, who visited
Britain, Italy and Canada to market Bihar as a favorable investment
destination, has proposed to set up an NRI cell in the State Government
to facilitate investments.
Investment Possibilities & Ground Realities:
in the 1990’s , then chief Minister Lalu Prasad visited to England, United States,
Singapore, among others, ostensibly to invite investment in the state. NRI meet also
was organized by the state govt. All attempts were unfruitful because of the basic
thing as mentioned above which govt had never paid attention to improve in the
The present govt also felt the same thing and started working on creating work
environment in the state. As initiatives Hon’ble DyCM of Bihar visited many countries
to give impression that they are committed to the development of the Bihar and
more than this, he popularized that Bihar is now means Business. This was good sign
for investors. Sri NK Singh became the brand ambassador of Bihar in US /UK & other
European countries to convince investors that Bihar govt is now seriously thinking to
invite investors in the state by doing some work, providing basic infrastructure, law
& order etc. Bihar Govt with its ambassadors have tried to convey their message that
the state Govt is Very keen on the investment in fields of tourism, sugar Industries,
other agro based industries, education, IT and health. These are the areas where
Bihar has enough potential. As a result some companies including Tata, Mahindra
has already showed their interest and decided to invest in the state.
Organizing global Bihar meet is the one of the major decisions taken by state govt
which is unique in its significance. Bihar Govt in association with Bihar Times and
Institute of Human Development, New Delhi and also in active coordination with
overseas coordinator, are trying to prepare ground for NRIs/NRBs and Industrialist
where they can altogether discuss on the issue of development of the state.
Though organizers and coordinators do feel that nos of participation in this first
global meet are not so satisfactory in terms of no of industrialists & CEOs from
abroad because many of them are employee of different companies, many of them
have not planned for the investment in Bihar, many of them are going with their
futuristic approach and they will decide after seeing the changes made by Bihar govt
in view of investment in the state.
At one glance, if they get satisfied, they will be thinking later to invest in Bihar.
Many NRIs is of the views that Bihar has to improve a lot but certainly this meet will
help investors to think about possible investment in the state.
In the global meet, the govt is expecting investment particularly from health, IT &
Organizers, govt and overseas coordinators have already decided to popularize and
convey message to all that” it is not an investment conference”. The missions of
the conf are to
(1) Improve Bihar Image
(2) Communicate Opportunities in Bihar
(3) Convince participants to take the roll of Ambassador of Bihar
All the three factors are very important for Bihar. Bihar has got very bad name in
spite of the fact that state has immense opportunities place/sectors to sell its brand.
The Bihar govt has to work hard & show that they really want to improve things
which are very much needed for the investment in the state. Mean to say that govt
has to work more in the direction of creating work environment in the state, luring
business man, easing their rules for investment, improving law & order, improving
Roads & electricity condition of the state on which they already started work.
Convincing on this mission of the conference, Sri Ajay Kumar, CEO, Bihar Times,
along with the Institute of Human Development, Delhi, agrees that this conference
will facilitate to bring prospective investors across the world and the Bihar
Government on a common platform in connection with the conclave.
As far as investment in the state through this meet is concerned, we can not deny
some investment by IT companies, Educational trusts and societies, investors in
Tourism and hotel Industries along with agro based industries in Bihar.
Many organizations including BiharBrains (www.biharbrains), bajana
(www.bajana.org), IABJ, Dubai will ready to present model to Bihar in the field of
As the reports available, NRIs from UK will be interested in investing Health sector
whereas many NRIs from US and other European countries will be interested in
investing IT & Tourism sector particularly in hotel industry in the Buddhist circuit of
Global meet do expect more participation from CEOs of India based companies who
are also vital part of this meet. Locally, many companies including TATA, Mahindra,
Ranbaxy and other IT players are sending their representatives to give their signals
for the investment in the areas of pharmaceuticals, IT, Power and hotel industries .
Many govt officials will be sitting in the conference hall for any kind of help to the
investors & they may approve instant projects in Bihar after discussion.
In this global meet, The Govt may decide to
1. Form special economic zone (SEZ) for Bihar.
2. Separate ministry for NRBs on the pattern of the Punjab, Gujarat, Goa and
Kerala governments etc.
3. direct investment through Bihar Foundation trust(www.biharparishad.org )
established by Bihar govt which will be under DY CM of Bihar
These decisions will be helpful for the investors. NRIs now can directly take help from
Bihar foundation trust for the investment in state.
As far as big investment in state through this global meet is concerned, that process
has already started and will depend upon the commitment made by the govt in
meet. In fact Govt has to sell itself in front of investors. Govt has to assure them for
their full security and environment in the state.
Certainly this Global meet will be historic in view of uniting people from Industry of
origin of Bihar to discuss on the development perspectives of the state and starting
new ventor with major players and attendees of the global meet.
More than this they all will vow to work for building Bihar, a developed state in