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Wednesday , December 19 , 2012
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Panel to monitor good life indicators

- Roadmap in April

Patna, Dec. 18: Chief minister Nitish Kumar today constituted seven sub-committees to monitor the key indicators of human development.

Briefing reporters after the third meeting of the Bihar Human Development Mission chaired by Nitish, principal secretary of the planning department Vijoy Prakash said the seven sub-panels would keep a tab on population control, health services, education, skills development, drinking water supply, cleanliness and sports and art and culture activities. They would hold separate meetings and draw a roadmap for the development in these fields in the next five years.

“The sub-committees would submit reports to the government within a month. The final shape to the roadmap for improving the 18 indicators of human development would be given in April next year,” Prakash said.

The Bihar Human Development Mission was set up in 2011 to keep tabs on the key indicators of better quality of life.

Addressing the meeting, Nitish laid stress on making schools the epicentre of human development in the state. “There is a need to bring the schools and the community closer to each other to ensure the mission human development becomes a movement,” he said.

“We will have to make school children aware of social evils like dowry, child marriage, foeticide and addiction,” he said, stressing that the role of schools were vital for the improvement in human development indicators in the state.

Nitish said literacy, health, nutrition, cleanliness, pure drinking water, social justice, empowerment of women and development of Mahadalits and minorities were the key sectors where the state has to concentrate. He also asked the ministers concerned to conduct an in-depth study in their respective fields.

Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi suggested tagging female literacy with the panchayati raj institutions in a major way. He said the ministers concerned would do well if they regularly reviewed the issues and apprised the sub-committees concerned of their observations.