President Kovind Kicks off 3rd Agricultural Roadmap in Bihar

President Kovind launching 3rd Agricultural Roadmap of Bihar at a function in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday inaugurated the 3rd Agricultural Roadmap (2017-2022) of Bihar at the Bapu Convention Hall in Patna in the presence of Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and nearly his entire cabinet members.

Mr. Kovind, who resigned as Bihar's Governor earlier this year after being nominated for the President of India's post by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, began his speech by thanking the people of Bihar for giving him the opportunity to serve them as their Governor between 2015 and 2017.

The President, in his address, touched all the bullet points to express his love for Bihar like saying he may not be a Bihari by birth but he was identified as a Bihari by his actions.

"I will never forget the love I received from the people of Bihar. I may not have been born in Bihar but I am a Bihari through and through from inside. My journey from Bihar's Governor's House to the President's mansion will remain etched in my memories for my entire life. There is a statue of Dr. Rajendra Prasad, India's first President, at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, and I begin my day by bowing before his statue and the statue of Mahatma Gandhi," he said.

Mr. Kovind, who succeeded Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee as the 14th President of India on July 25 this year, formally inaugurated the Rs. 1 lakh 54000 crore 3rd Agricultural Road Map along with a power feeder exclusively for farming purpose in Naubatpur in Patna district.

He also touched issues like organic farming corridor in Bihar and how it could usher economic prosperity in the state for good. The President stressed the need for better water management policies that he said could bring the green revolution in the country.

The current Governor of Bihar Satya Pal Malik in his speech welcomed the President and also praised the Nitish administration for its grand vision in terms of agricultural prospect in Bihar saying the new roadmap would put Bihar on the agricultural map of the nation.

Earlier, the President arrived at the Patna Airport by an Air Force special aircraft at 11:25 am. He was greeted by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and a number of cabinet members and top government officials. He also paid floral tributes to Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Loknayak Jaya Prakash Narayan at their statues in Patna.

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