- Haryana following Bihar in delivering essential services
- Hazare-Baba Supporters together hold statewide fast
- Normal monsoon rains expected this time in Bihar
- Future Group developing Food Park in Bhagalpur
- Nitish visiting China to attract investment
Posted: 09 Jun 2011 07:02 PM PDT
Time-bound delivery of essential services by the government will become a reality now. Haryana seems to be following the footsteps of Bihar and Punjab by promising prompt delivery of services, but without the backing of a legislation. Starting June 21, you will get a learner’s driving licence within
five working days and a permanent driving licence within seven working days. A light motor vehicle can also be registered in just seven days. Even new electricity connection will be allotted within a month of approval, and water and sewer connection can be had in 12 days. You will get a new ration card in just a fortnight.
Currently, most government officials are unaccountable to applicants when it comes to delivery of various essential services. While Gurgaon enjoys time-bound delivery of certain services, other areas in the state suffer. Even land registration can be done in a day in the Millennium City but not in other districts.
Hooda said at least 15 essential services will be promptly delivered in a time-bound manner. The phase one of the project will start on June 21. He said the deputy commissioners of all districts will monitor performance regularly.
Hooda said new ration cards will take 15 days to be issued, and other processes such as taking receipt of surrender certificate, application for duplicate ration card and inclusion or deletion of family members will be done within seven working days.
"Request for change of address within the same jurisdiction will be done in three days. The food and supplies inspector will be responsible for these services. The officer will also hear related complaints and address them, while the district food and supplies controller will oversee the work," said Hooda.
According to the chief minister, the tehsildar concerned will issue certificates of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes within seven working days. If applicants don’t get the documents on time, complaints will be heard by the sub-divisional officer (civil).
The same officer will also issue learner’s driving licence within five days and register light vehicles within seven days. If there is any complaint regarding non-delivery of these documents, additional deputy commissioner VS Hooda will look into the matter.
The chief minister promised that new electricity connection will be allotted by the sub-divisional officer (Discom) within a month. Land registration will be issued by the tehsildar on the same day.
All building plans will be approved by the estate officer (MC) of Huda within 25 days. The CM said a checklist of documents to apply for these 15 services will be available in English, Hindi and Punjabi.
Posted: 09 Jun 2011 01:05 PM PDT
Patna, Jun 8 (PTI) Several supporters of Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare observed fast across Bihar to protest against the crackdown on the yoga guru and his supporters at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi on June 5 at midnight. The supporters under the banner of Bharat Swabhiman Trust and India against Corruption launched fast at several places in the state and shouted anti-central government slogans. In Patna, hundreds of supporters of Baba and Hazare held demonstrations at Kargil Chowk and observed fast. Bharat Swabhiman Trust (Patna division) convener Ajay Kumar claimed that the agitation had overwhelming support. “We are also being fully supported by the organisations of Hazare and civil right fronts,” he claimed. He said there several activists were observing fast at the district headquarters across the state. PTI AJK MM HMI
Posted: 09 Jun 2011 01:04 PM PDT
PATNA: Good news for millions of farmers in the state! Bihar, after witnessing two consecutive droughts, in 2009 and 2010, is set to receive normal rain this year. In fact, pre-monsoon showers lashed Patna and other parts of the state on Tuesday and Wednesday.
During the last 24 hours, Patna received 10mm of rain against the annual rainfall of 116mm. The state is set to receive rainfall at a few places in the next 48 hours. “Monsoon is likely to hit Bihar between June 10-15. It is on time, a big relief for drought-hit farmers of the state,” said, IMD, Patna director, Animesh Chanda.
Chanda said, “Going by the advance of monsoon this year, Bihar is likely to receive a total rainfall of about 1,024mm this season.” He attributed the short spells of rain which the state witnessed on Tuesday and Wednesday to pre-monsoon activities.
Posted: 09 Jun 2011 01:02 PM PDT
MUMBAI: Kolkata-based Keventer Group today said it is developing a Food Park in Bhagalpur in Bihar, in partnership with the Future Group, at a total investment of Rs 200 crore.
“With a vision to add value to the lives of the customers, we are confident that the current Food Park in Bihar alone will cater to the needs of over 20,000 farmers there. We wish to cater to the needs of the small and medium farmers across India and feel that food parks will contribute to this development,” Keventer Group Managing Director Mayank Jalan said in a release issue here.
The partnership food park involves 65 per cent investment from the Keventer Group and 35 per cent from the Futures Group, he added.
The company will also set up a Rs 130 crore maize-based unit processing starch, glucose and dextrose on its own and a Cattle Feed Plant in collaboration with Keenan Technologies of Ireland at Kahelgaon in Bihar Mega Food Park.
Keventer Group is an agro and food processing company of West Bengal, with three separate business verticals, namely Keventer Agro Limited, Keventer Fresh and Keventer Projects with almost 40 brands under the group name.
In Bengal, the group has tied up with Carso, a French food testing laboratory for setting up a testing laboratory.
The laboratory, formed as a 50:50 joint venture between Carso and Keventer, is to be complete by September with an investment of Rs 25 crore.
Posted: 09 Jun 2011 01:01 PM PDT
PATNA: As they prepare to accompany Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to Beijing, Bihar’s businessmen hope to explore new technology from China’s manufacturing industry.
“We will study the innovative mantra and technology used by Chinese manufacturers to achieve world class quality at very competitive prices for use in Bihar,” Bihar Chamber of Commerce president O.P. Shah said.
Shah will be part the business delegation accompanying Nitish Kumar to China from June 12.
Bihar is keen for Chinese investments and joint ventures in tourism, trade and business, he said.
S.P. Sinha, president of the Bihar Industries Association, said the China visit would be a learning experience.
“We will visit the Shanghai Food Park to identify key areas for improvements in the upcoming food park at Hajipur,” he said.
Bihar’s businessmen will also visit power plants and agri-based industries in China.
Bihar is also eyeing Chinese tourists for the famous Buddhist circuit in the state.
Nitish Kumar will be in China for six days.
This will be the third foreign visit of Nitish Kumar since he became the chief minister.
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