Panel Discussion on Social and Economic Development in Bihar: Opportunities and Challenges

To focus on Bihar's development challenges, the Institute organized a panel Discussion on Social and Economic Development in Bihar: Opportunities and Challenges, on 21 January 2014 at Patna. The Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Dr. Raghuram Rajan guest of honour. The Discussion focused on the areas of Human Development, Agriculture, Rural roads, Environment and forest, Energy supply, Urban Development, Social Welfare etc. Various stakeholders to Bihar's development, comprising representatives from the funding agencies, policy makers and development experts discussed strategies and opportunities for partnerships in the discussion. Senior officials from the World Bank participated in the deliberations. The facilitator for the Discussion was Mr. Deepak Bhattasali, Lead economist of the World Bank. Mr. Rameshwar Singh, Principal Secretary, Department of Finance, Government of Bihar; Dr. Shaibal Gupta, Member Fellow and Director, India Development Foundation (IDF), Gurgaon; Mr. Amarjeet Sinha, Principal Secretary, Department of Education, Government of Bihar presented their perspectives in the discussion. Mr. Onno Ruhl, Country Director of the World Bank in his concluding remarks spoke about the possibility of partnership between the State and the World Bank to take forward development initiatives in the State. The closing remarks were given by the Development Commissioner of the State, Mr. Alok Kr. Sinha.

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