New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Rs.1.25 lakh crore special package for the state is its right and not a favour.
“While I will wait to hear details of the so called package announced by Modi, I emphasize, special assistance is our right and not a favour,” Nitish Kumar said in a tweet.
“Calling my efforts for getting special status to Bihar a solicitation, I just want to say if I have to go to someone’s door as a beggar for Bihar and people of Bihar, I have no hesitation,” he said.
He was referring to Modi’s remark at an event in Ara town in Bihar. Modi questioned Nitish Kumar’s anger when he had called Bihar “bimaru” (sick).
“They say Bihar is not ‘bimaru’, and then they make demands…,” Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called upon scientists to take up challenges in their research for bettering the daily lives of common citizens, especially farmers, help in reaching clean drinking water, solar power to the people, and solving problems such as pollution.
Highlighting the importance of ‘science for society’, Modi said when all “scientists, all citizens, will move forward with this understanding, both the country and mankind will be benefited”.
“To know the connection between science and society, we have to give answers to some questions. Everybody knows the pollution problem due to increased use of plastic. Can our scientists take up the challenge to come up with saleable and cost effective material which can take the place of plastic?” the Prime Minister asked while inaugurating the India International Science Festival through video conferencing from Delhi.
Modi exhorted scientists assembled from India and abroad for the mega event whether they can take up the challenge to find a better way to store energy or electricity.
“Can we get a solution so that the use of solar power can go up, can we come up with an innovation related to battery and other infrastructure to reach electric mobility to the common man?
“Have we thought of doing something in our lab which can improve the lives of crores of people? Can we find a solution to local drinking water problems and reach clean drinking water to the people?” he asked.