Bihar Development Dialogue – 30 May 2020
Bihar hosted an investor summit in the national capital, after a gap of over 15 years. Industry representatives from 170 companies including ITC Limited, Hindustan Unilever, Adani Group, Britannia, Coca Cola, Pepsi and Ambuja Cement attended the summit and showed keen interest to invest in the state.
Four expressways will crisscross Bihar under the Bharatmala Project (Phase-2). The state also plans to construct ring roads around four major cities including Darbhanga, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur and build eight bypass roads to ease traffic loads.
The central government has released Rs 1,112.7 crore as grant-in-aid to Bihar for providing grants to the rural local bodies. This grant-in-aid is the second installment of tied grants to the State of Bihar, according to data released by the Union Finance Ministry.
Adult Education programme which has been running in the country for years will now be called ‘Education for All’. Union Ministry of Education has taken this decision saying it is a “progressive step.”
Seven years on, the proposed central university near the ancient seat of learning in Vikramshila (Bhagalpur), announced as part of the Rs 1,25,000-crore special package for Bihar by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the 2015 assembly elections, awaits land acquisition to get closer to reality.
Bihar Development Dialogue
Labour Laws and Employment Generation
Several states have introduced sweeping changes to labour laws. A number of laws related to labour protection have been diluted. Will such changes help in attracting capital required to set up industries and create jobs. Can Bihar attract capital by introducing labour reforms? How are the things expected to pan out for the industry and workers in Bihar. The focus of this Dialogue will be on the following:
- Labour Laws Changes by States Amid Lockdown
- Ease of Doing Business and Labour Reforms
- Labour Contracts in Informal Economy
- Legal Protection to Migrant Workers
Mr. Pratyush Kumar Singh
Corporate and Labour Laws Expert & Partner, Tatva Legal
Dr. Praveen K Singh, Editorial Director, BiharConnect
Mr. Gyanendra Kumar Keshri, CEO & Editor, BiharConnect