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Uttar Pradesh evinces interest in replicating Bihar model
PATNA: What the chief minister Nitish Kumar is doing in Bihar by way of good governance, it has certainly kept interested his counterpart in neighbouring UP. Like several other states, UP too is now willing to replicate some of the innovative ideas put in place by the Nitish Kumar led ruling establishment in Bihar.
In fact, the UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav -fed by positive reports about the Janata Darbar experiment of Nitish Kumar -- has already gone ahead with such an exercise which truly is a big hit with the people in Bihar. Nitish Kumar has fastidiously stuck to his Janata Darbar programme for nearly 6 years now, giving it a miss only if he was tied up with some other pressing engagement.
The junior Mulayam is also now evincing interest in the speedy trial mechanism of the Bihar government, an experiment which has led to speedy convictions of nearly 69,000 persons since 2006 and which brought about significant improvement in the law and order situation.
That UP too is having to contend with bad law and order situation, Akhilesh may be tempted to adopt the idea of speedy trial for using it as a deterrent for the criminals, something which has worked in Bihar.
As a matter of fact, a two member police team from UP led by IG (Prosecution) Vijay Kumar recently visited Patna to make enquiries about speedy trial.
The team met the Bihar police officials including Additional director general of police (headquarters) Ravindra Kumar seeking information on how it was being successfully implemented in Bihar.
This was followed by visit of another team from UP making it abundantly clear that UP was mighty impressed with the speedy trial experiment of Bihar experiment.
In the past too, several other states also sought to replicate the innovative ideas of Bihar government. The idea of Bihar government to constitute special auxiliary police (SAP) -- involving recruitment of ex army jawans -- was something which was even appreciated by the then defence minister Pranab Mukherjee in 2006.
Even the Bihar government decision envisaging 50 per cent reservation to women in panchayati bodies prompted the centre to have a similar legislation. The cash subsidy policy adopted by the Bihar government in several welfare schemes has also generated interest among other states.
The Karnataka government even dispatched a high level team led by the law minister to study the implementation of the Right to Public Service Act in Bihar.
Source: Economic Times