Residents of Athar village participated in human chain formation on boats in Gandak river in Muzaffarpur. (Photo Credit: PTI File)
Taking a potshot at the human chain formation in Muzaffarpur under Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s flagship programme, ‘Jal, Jeevan, Hariyali', RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday said school children were forced to stand in long queues without slippers and many had fallen ill. The former deputy CM claimed that a school teacher in Darbhanga's Keoti had also died.
Tejashwi Yadav, RJD: School children were forced to stand in long queues without slippers due to which many have fallen ill. A school teacher in Darbhanga's Keoti has also died. This is only because of the arrogance of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. https://t.co/HZg4V349xW pic.twitter.com/N6xuyvvlzU— ANI (@ANI) January 19, 2020
Earlier, residents of Athar village participated in human chain formation on boats in Gandak river in Muzaffarpur in support of CM Nitish Kumar’s flagship programme, ‘Jal, Jeevan, Hariyali’. The programme is aimed at fighting climate change and social evils.
Tejashwi Yadav added, “When there were floods, no helicopter was in sight but for video recording of human chain formations, 15-16 helicopters were used. So much money has been wasted over it.”
Jal-Jeevan Hariyali Abhiyaan was launched by CM Nitish Kumar on the occasion of Bihar Prithvi divas on August 9.
As a part of the statewide initiative by the government, the human chain was organised to showcase its environment conservation drive besides social reform measures like prohibition and campaigns against dowry and child marriage.
In Patna, chief minister Nitish Kumar, flanked by his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi and other dignitaries, stood holding hands at the Gandhi Maidan, where the participants formed a pattern resembling the map of Bihar.
Speaking after the function, CM Nitish thanked the people of the state for making the event a success and said, “I hope the number of people who have participated exceeds what we had intended to achieve.”
This is the third human chain organised at the instance of Kumar, the first being in 2017 followed by another a year later.
(With PTI inputs)