Bihar Foundation’s East Coast Chapter launched in U.S.  

From left,Gaurav Kumar, Ranjeet Kumar, Rajnish Ojha, Alok Kumar, Chandan Trivedi, Santha Mishra, Pravin Dwivedi & Anand Gupta at April 17, 2022 meeting in New Jersey for announcement of Chairman and new executive committee members of Bihar Foundation’s East Coast Chapter. Photo: courtesy-Organizers

The Bihar Foundation’s East Coast Chapter was launched recently in the U.S. in a bid to connect the Bihari diaspora with its homeland.

The core committee of Bihar Foundation USA (East Coast Chapter) gathered at a popular community center in New Jersey for their first in-person meeting on April 17, 2022. The event was attended by all executive committee members along with other office bearers of the Chapter.

Members of the organization elected Alok Kumar as Chairman. Kumar is a former president of the Federation of Indian Associations – NYNJCT.

They also elected Ranjeet Kumar as vice-chairman, Chandan Trivedi as secretary, Gaurav Kumar as joint secretary, Alok Kashyap as treasurer and Anand Gupta as joint treasurer.

The newly formed chapter also elected Santa Nand Mishra, Praveen Dwivedi, Rajnish Ojha, Manish Madhukar, Navneet Kumar, Manish Kumar, Sanjay Rai and Sudhir Kumar as executive committee members.

Alok Kumar Chairman Bihar Foundation USA East Coast Chapter. Photo: courtesy organizers

Addressing the core committee, Chairman Kumar noted that Bihar Foundation USA evolved as a popular forum to facilitate continuous communication and interaction between Non-Resident Biharis and the State of Bihar and its various agencies.  Kumar also highlighted how the land-related “Zameeni Baatein” initiative organized by Bihar Foundation USA in Feb 2022 has helped hundreds of non-resident Biharis resolve their ownership disputes.

The foundation members discussed and identified various developmental and non-profit activities in Bihar including building a Cancer hospital near Patna.

The Foundation is scheduled to start a project in the near future, to provide free mentorship to college students from U.S. based experts. This initiative would help students secure jobs in top IT Companies and make excellent career choices, a press release from the organization said.

The Foundation is also launching a statewide campaign to raise awareness about the “Ayushman Bharat” healthcare scheme. Under this initiative, the foundation is collaborating with the Mukhiya and Sarpanch, to important village-level officials, to identify eligible people for “Ayushman Bharat” and help them enroll in the scheme. This Initiative is expected to help 8 crore people from marginalized sections of society to understand the scheme, enroll in it and avail of its benefits, the Foundation estimates.

Kumar recently visited  Bihar and met with the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, Tarkishore Prasad and members of Bihar Foundation. He highlighted the opportunity and extended an invitation to the Deputy Chief Minister to meet and greet the diaspora in the United States.

“This meeting will help, strengthen and encourage various USA based organizations in accomplishing their Bihar-centric initiatives,” the organization said. Organizers also expect this maiden visit to help in “improving the bonding, branding and business objectives” of Bihar Foundation through non-resident Biharis of America.



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