100 Million Pounds to Improve Governance in Bihar

18 million pounds will be provided by the British government’s Department For International Development (DFID), towards a programme to reform governance in Bihar. This programme named as the ‘Governance Mission’ will be launched tomorrow jointly by Britain’s Secretary of State for International Development, Douglas Alexander and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

In June this year, DFID signed an MoU with the Bihar government to invest up to 100 million pounds on improving urban and health services in the state over the next five years. The DFID will work in partnership with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to begin its engagement with the governance reform programme in Bihar.

This programme aimed towards improving governance and administration in the state, will be supported by DFID which will provide technical expertise and finance to ensure implementation of the administrative reforms.

Initially five departments including Personnel and Administrative Reforms, Land and Revenue, Human Resource, Registration and Commercial Taxes, have been selected for the programme which will foster transparency, e-governance and better delivery of government services & accounting.