IE: Infrastructure + Entrepreneurship
|English: Map of Bihar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Infrastructure is important, but it is not enough. And health and education are still infrastructure.
Roads are important. But don't forget electricity. And don't stop at electricity. Universal broadband allows you to complete globally.
But most important is to serve the entrepreneurs, big and small. Most jobs are created by small businesses. And the state has to go out of its way to serve the small business owners.
Nitish has done well by roads and bridges. He has even done well with schools and hospitals. But there needs to be a bigger emphasis on teachers. One sore eye on his record has been temporary teachers protesting at his public rallies. Those teachers have a point. Bihar needs more teachers, not just more roads and bridges.
Bihar needs more teachers and health care workers. Not only that, it needs to train more of both so as to be able to export them to other states and other countries.
But ultimately it is about creating jobs. And it is not for the state to create jobs. It is for entrepreneurs to do that. And there the key point is making available credit.