CM Saddened by Criticism of his Government by Biharis

Nitish Kumar speaking at a conclave on human trafficking in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, facing criticism from nearly all quarters for allegedly abandoning the agenda of development and being perennially obsessed with implementation of prohibition and making it a national law, accused the people of Bihar for not standing behind him 100% of the time on all issues.

"While outsiders are constantly showing Bihar in a bad light, it is even more shocking and frustrating when our own people try to defame the state. We have always worked for the people of Bihar with a sense of growth vis a vis social justice but that does not stop some people from constantly criticizing the government and show Bihar in negative light," he said while participating in the 6th annual Anti-Trafficking conclave in Patna on Friday.

Kumar, who himself is an ardent critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took a shot at the Center saying that though Bihar ranked 22nd in the nation in terms of crime numbers, the media regularly took shots at the state while ignoring Delhi that topped the same chart despite its law and order being under the direct jurisdiction of the Center.

"Even the smallest crime in Bihar is highlighted in national media while serious and heinous crime in other states are ignored with intent to create a negative image of our state," the Janata Dal – U leader said.

The Chief Minister then turned his focus on the topic of the day which was human trafficking.

"We have relentlessly working on reducing and ending the despicable social evil of human trafficking from the state. In 2012, police rescued 225 human trafficking victims while arresting 207 traffickers. Between 2012 and 2016, 1022 people engaged in human trafficking were arrested while 1481 victims were rescued by our law enforcement officials. In 2016, Bihar registered 8,327 cases of missing children out of which 5,256 were recovered and brought back home safely," Kumar said adding his government launched a program in 2016 under which families get Rs. 25,000 from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund each time a missing child is recovered and reunited with the family.

The conclave was jointly sponsored by the US Consulate General in Kolkata and Shakti Vahini, an NGO involved in saving women and children from human trafficking.

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