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Lse listens to Bihar growth story

(From left) Lord Nicholas Stern, NK Singh, Suhel Seth, British minister Danny Alexander and India’s high commissioner Ranjan Mathai at a panel discussion on the development model of Bihar held at the Old Theatre Hall of London School of Economics on Monday evening. The discussion — centred on the book edited by Stern and Singh, The New Bihar: Rekindling Governance and Development — covered a wide gambit of development issues. Moderated by Singh, the panellists deliberated upon four points — the Bihar model of growth, central support to minimise difference between the national and state average, overall development outcome with combination of good governance opportunity with resources, and innovative methods to secure life and property. Alexander recounted with fervour and admiration his recent experience in Bihar. He mentioned that he was pleasantly surprised how effectively and efficiently the Right to Services Act had worked even in non-urban areas in the

state. He had become an admirer of the recent development strategy of the state and would like to remain fully engaged and hopes to return to Bihar soon. Telegraph picture

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