Efforts to make Bihar a developed state: Governor

PATNA: Governor Phagu Chauhan said on Friday that the state government has been working to make Bihar a developed state and has accordingly also taken a slew of alignment programs while continuing the old development activities.
Addressing the joint session of the state legislature on the first day of the budget session, which will handle the affairs of the two Houses during their 22 sessions ending March 31.
The governor said the government has increased the number of urban local bodies from 149 to 262, in addition to increasing the number of municipal corporations and reconstituting others to expand the state’s urban areas and the overall urban population.
Of course, new urban amenities will also be extended to the newly established bodies such as the Nagar Panchayats, Nagar Parishads and municipal corporations, Chauhan said, adding that mayor and deputy mayor of municipal corporations, as well as chief councilors and deputy chief councilors of Nagar Panchayats and Nagar Parishads will be elected by direct election.
The governor highlighted the steps taken to expand the road and bridge network in the state as part of his commitment to infrastructural development and has also provided electrical connection for farmers through a dedicated agricultural feeder and the provision of smart prepaid meters. in households with electricity connections.
He said the state has maintained the top spot among all states by installing 4.30 lakh Smart Prepaid meters as part of its ongoing drive to provide electricity to all households. In the second phase, the farmers would get new hookups of an agricultural fodder for which Rs1,329 crore has been earmarked.
The governor said that under the Saat Nischay-2 program, as many as 60 of the 149 industrial training institutes have been declared centers of excellence and that Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has been deployed to create a good infrastructure and support system that is linked to the provision of quality education.
Further, while as many as 151 proposals have been received for the establishment of ethanol production units in the state based on rice and corn, the Center has already authorized 17 of them to produce more than 35.80 crore liters of ethanol per year.
Chauhan also said posts have already been sanctioned for technical, health and sports universities, while new buildings are also being built. They include International Sports Academy and stadium in Rajgir, Mahabodhi Cultural Center in Bodh Gaya, Buddha Samyak Darshan Sangrahalaya in Vaishali.

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