As a rural development ministry official in Bihar, former chief minister Ram Nath Kovind, had been a vocal critic of the Narendra Modi government’s economic agenda.
In the past few months, Kovind quit his job to join the Bharatiya Janata Party.
But that didn’t stop him from announcing his plans to enter politics in 2019.
He has promised to create jobs for more than 500,000 people in the state, and he wants to boost rural development.
The first step would be to create an entire rural development committee, which will oversee the creation of more than 1,500 villages.
The committee will also look into land acquisition and land reforms, among other matters.
Kovind said the state government would spend about Rs 1,000 crore for the committee.
“It will be a huge investment.
The people will benefit.
The state government will also create an incentive for the development of rural development,” he told IANS.
Khovind is also a proponent of the state’s “village bank”.
The bank will provide loans to farmers in rural areas, which would then be used to build houses and factories.
“I have not given up on my dream of becoming a minister of rural Development.
It is my passion.
I have come to this journey in spite of my personal financial problems,” he said.
He said the government has invested Rs 5,000 crores for rural development in recent years.