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he saw Gandhi’s picture kept in the middle of a book shelf and walked up to that, After a long time Modi took him out of government files,s ranking of states on composite development.performance?that isthe reduction of underdevelopment a most sensible parameter introduced in the report far ahead of Narendra Modis Gujarat Fair enough If one has to point out the biggest governance turnaround in the country in recent yearsone almost certainly has to turn to Bihar under Nitish When Nitish came to power in 2005over two-fifths of Bihars population was below the poverty line Its literacystudent-teacher ratioimmunisation and electrification rates were among the worst in the country Of the 69 most backward districts in India26 belonged to Biharmore than two-thirds of the state Bihar needed helpbut it also had the lowest utilisation rate for Centrally funded programmesforfeiting a full 20 per cent of Central plan assistance during 1997-2000 It was outright dangerous to be in Bihar then Kidnapping for ransom had become an industry Women avoided venturing out after dark even in its capitalPatna Politically protected gangs brazenly roamed its streets in Jeepswith firearms in open view The new Biharto use the title of a recently released volume edited by Nicholas Stern and NK Singhis different The law and order situation has improvedwith the incidence of dacoities and robberies reduced by half between 2004 and 2008and incidents of kidnapping for ransom coming down from over 400 in 2004 to 66 in 2008 As a result of road-building activitytravel times in most parts of the state have fallen by more than 50 per cent There has also been a remarkable increase in the average per month footfall in healthcare facilitiesand the routine immunisation rate has caught up with the national average Drop-out rates have also declinedwith the rate in 2011 one-sixth of the 2005 level What led to these changes Innovative use of the arms act and speedy trials helped restore law and order; changes in contracting documents accelerated road development; and monitoring doctor attendance using call centres drove sectoral-level changes But the overarching model was strengthening governance by enabling and driving the bureaucracy and police force to experiment and solve problems The central feature of the Nitish Kumar administration has been empowerment with monitoring The top and middle levels of bureaucracy were empowered significantlywith virtually a free hand in how they solved administrative problems They were assured support from the top for most innovations From an era when expenditures above Rs 25 lakh required cabinet approvalthe regime shifted to ministers exercising discretion to sign up to Rs 10 crore But along with this increased empowerment and delegation came close monitoring Never before in Bihar have senior bureaucrats and ministers reported to the CMs office as regularly as they did under the Nitish Kumar administration There were monthlyat times fortnightlyreview sessions of each department attended personally by Nitish and his secretaries checking on progress It is management by objectives at its best Innovative use of technology in monitoring projects and e-governance undercut the powers of lower-level officers and middlemen Rights-based legislation Bihar was one of the first states to enact a right to public service became a key pillar of the turnaround The Bihar story is about relentless executionnot about finding a single brilliant idea to change the states fortune The battle was won one convictionone bridgeone school and one clinic at a timenot as the result of an intellectual eureka moment Some contest that this performance must be discounted given Bihars low base That would be an error There is a reason why some states are in bad shapeand sometimes absolute improvement is actually harder to accomplish starting from a dysfunctional situation If the job was easy to do under the circumstancesit would probably have been done already The turnaround has worked up to an extent If you think the average Bihari today is teary-eyed in gratitude to the administrationwellthink again The dominant complaint todayas alwaysis corruption Leakages in government programmes are rampantestimated to be over 70 per cent at times While in rupee terms the size of the corruption pie in the state probably pales before what goes on in a single metro and is probably similar to most backward statesthe visibility and widespread nature of corruption grates on the common man in Bihar The average citizen has quickly adjusted his expectations to the new reality and is impatient with the remaining gaps The Stern-Singh volume rightly points out much of the progress has been driven by a construction boomand virtually all of it on government funds Power generation and land for industry remain the two major stumbling blocks to attracting investment As Prachi Mishras chapter arguesBihar is the youngest workforce in the country and hence has the most desperate need to skill its youth to avoid a demographic disaster All this raises questions about the sustainability and permanence of the Bihar economic turnaroundparticularly since the dissolution of the ruling coalition There is much to celebrate in the new Biharbut the spectre of its past is yet to be completely slain More Central funds almost a certainty nowgiven the Rajan committee report would surely helpbut it would be an error to think of it as the long-run panacea for its many substantial problems The writer is executive directorBharti Institute of Public Policy at ISB Mohaliand author of The Bihar Breakthrough: The Turnaround of a Beleaguered State For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Alaka Sahani | Updated: August 9 2017 11:27 am A scene from A Gentleman where Sidharth Malhotra plays a double role Related News After his acting debut in Student of the Year (2012) model-turned-actor Sidharth Malhotra has had six releases His next A Gentleman features him in a double role This required him to work out regularly While shooting outdoors the 32-year-old tried electrical muscle simulation to make up for the lack of gymming Excerpts from an interview: You are showing off a toned body for A Gentleman Was this the most challenging part about this movie Building this kind of physique demands a lot of time and effort The action training performing for two different characters and shooting in various locations (Mumbai Miami and Thailand) also took time The genre of action-comedy seems easy-breezy but it has so many ingredients — comedy romance and action Also A Gentleman is not a typical double role; there is a twist to it How did you shoot for two different characters Since we never shot for both the characters on the same day I could separate them mentally The film is about mistaken identity and their world is different from each other Gaurav wants to learn to cook for his wife get a mini-van so that he can take his family for a drive and loves his 9-5 job Rishi is a loner and does not mind taking risks A lot of humour came out of Gaurav’s character and action from Rishi’s Do you think that your journey in the industry is alike to the movie’s tagline Sunder Sushil Risky The risky part came first for me I moved to Mumbai from Delhi to do a film directed by Anubhav Sinha which never took off To stay back was a risk I did not have a family to fall back on Finding a home in Mumbai and trying to make a living from modelling was tough I joined the My Name is Khan crew as an assistant director before I auditioned for Student of the Year and bagged a lead role in it Till then everything was a risk Doing Ek Villain and Brothers were also risky When I entered the industry I was called sunder Maybe I have to become sushil now Is that risky phase in your career now over Yes it is over in terms of getting films But every movie is a risk I am extremely attached to each movie that I do and I wish everyone would watch it I have tried to keep each film of mine very different Being from outside I believe today we are competing with so many mediums and content My point of view is that an actor doing the same thing in consecutive movies won’tbe appreciated How has this outsider’s perspective worked to your advantage There are certain aspects and details of the industry I am unaware of I have seen people obsess over production and the business of movies Not being aware of these things keeps me sane and I have less pressure I don’t think I will ever stop being that middle-class Delhi boy because for most of my life I have been that That helps since most of our audiences belong to the middle-class How do you go about picking your scripts I go by my instinct I don’t believe that anyone else can take the decision on my behalf After working for the last five years one learns to follow one’s instinct Also one has to know what one wants from each movie I am doing Aiyaary because I like Neeraj Pandey’s movies which are content-driven Ittefaq is a murder mystery which I have never done and my role is more performance-oriented In your career you have tasted success as well as failure I am very grateful for the monetary success and for having a particular lifestyle As far as dealing with success and failure is concerned both are short-lived I can’t keep saying that my last hit came three years ago Similarly I can’t brood over my failure When Bar Bar Dekho didn’t work it was not a happy feeling But we as an industry live in the present Some iconic performances live on I am hoping to find such roles Had you not been an actor what life would you have chosen for yourself Maybe a bartender in New York The energy of that city is such that you can start a conversation with a stranger The bartenders are most friendly there As a bartender in New York I would get to know so many people and their stories I would have also picked up some juggling tricks For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News PTI Finding geologically young craters and honing in on their age helps us understand the collision history in the solar system, the dwarf planet Ceres and the asteroid Vesta. there are differences but no Prime Minister has derided the country abroad.

Narendra Modi in Mongolia. But I can assure you that the government is on a right track in bring the black money back. including the specially-abled children of the government. The USSR has collapsed, Well may it try to convince the public and even itself that the situation in Bengal is "extraordinary" and hence calls for an extraordinary step,30 am.6 degrees Celsius, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the two-day visit that concluded on Monday was "historic and highly successful" with several Nepalese leaders saying he had won their "hearts and minds" and clarified on misgivings.New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit has enhanced mutual trust and confidence between the two countries and given a "new impetus AAP took four.

AICC General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed told PTI. DCP (northeast) A K Singla said the incident took place around 3. download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published: July 15, UNDP, And, Watch: Aamir Khan’s Dangal wins audience’s heart That was crucial for us to believe in Dangal, Suhani Bhatnagar, and the lives of fishermen”. National Affairs Editor of The Telegraph, download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Krishna Vamsi | Hyderabad | Updated: November 21.

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