Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, a hard-core proponent of 'Rath Yatras', a form of state-sponsored publicity machinery, on Sunday flagged off 'Rabi Rath Yatra' to spread awareness about the government's various schemes intended to improve agriculture in the state and consequently, raise profit for the farming community.
Kumar, who has a long history of relying on such yatras to give leg to his various schemes, flagged off 76 flower and banner-decked vehicles, or 'raths', from Patna Secretariat, as part of the Rabi 2019-20 that would travel to all 38 districts in the state to talk about how to raise productivity by taking advantage of modern tools and improved quality of seeds.
All the buses and trucks in the 'yatra' are equipped with television sets and video equipment that would play short films on how to take full advantage of the rabi season and what government schemes would support the farmers during this time of the year.
The Chief Minister said that besides talking about the farming side of the sector, the rath yatra would also talk about his latest state-wide campaign known as Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali and the many negatives of burning agricultural stubble and residue that, he said, can be turned into a financially lucrative venture for the farmers.
As reported many times in the past, over the last 14 years since he first came into power in Bihar, Nitish Kumar has launched dozens of such 'raths' including Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali-Rath, Kharif Rath, Government Programs Awareness Rath, Grievance Redressal Rath, Gandhi Rath, Infant Mortality Rath, Guru Gobind Singh Jagriti Rath, Sankalp Rath, Adhikar Rath, Kharif Utsav Rath, Rabi Mahotsav Rath, Agriculture Rath, Signature Rath for special economic category, and Harit Bharat Rath, just to name a few.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Agriculture Minister Dr. Prem Kumar and a number of senior bureaucrats were present at the time of today's flag-off.BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS