The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today launched various development projects at Patna. He launched the Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana; inaugurated the Daniawan-Bihar Sharif new railway line; flagged off the Rajgir-Bihar Sharif-Daniawan-Fatuha passenger train and Patna-Mumbai AC Suvidha Express; dedicated to the nation the permanent IIT Campus 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.
The Prime Minister said development is the panacea for all problems related to poverty and unemployment. He expressed satisfaction that there is now a general agreement on this aspect, and states are even becoming competitive with regard to development. He said India will progress only through the development of the States, and for this the Centre and States have to work together.
Emphasizing the importance of infrastructure, the Prime Minister said the gas pipeline and rail projects which were launched today would provide development and improve the quality of life of the people in the State. He said that if India has to progress, then the development of Eastern India is essential. He also mentioned several road projects that have been approved for Bihar, by the Union Government.
The Prime Minister said that IIT Patna, whose new campus was inaugurated today, 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.
The Governor of Bihar Shri Keshri Nath Tripathi, the Chief Minister of Bihar Shri Nitish Kumar, Union Ministers Shri Suresh Prabhu, Shri Ram Vilas Paswan, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Shri Piyush Goyal, Shri Upendra Kushwaha and Shri Ram Kripal Yadav were present on the occasion.