Saturday, 23 July 2011

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

Bihar News, Latest News from Bihar, News of Bihar, Biharprabha News

200 Biomass units to be constructed in Bihar

Posted: 23 Jul 2011 03:41 AM PDT

Patna: The Bihar government is all set to construct 200 biomass units for power generation in the state.
State Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said the government has decided to set up 1,400 husk power system units to meet the power requirement. The power scenario would start improving in Bihar by the end of 2012, he said.
The Minister said the state would also get power from Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh by the end of 2012.
He said Bihar would have sufficient power by the year 2015-16 as many units including Nabinagar thermal power plant would become operational and renovation of Barauni and Kanti power units would be completed.
In addition, solar power units with a capacity to 2 HP pump would be provided to farmers so that they meet their requirement on their own.
The centre has also okayed coal linkages to the proposed Kajra and Pirpainti power plants. The cumulative generation from all these power units would definitely put the state on the power map of the country, he added

Bhagalpur jail launches scheme to educate inmates

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 11:38 PM PDT

BHAGALPUR : Aimed to increase literacy and better the chances for the prisoners’ futures, an extremely ambitious edification programme has been initiated at two jails in Bhagalpur district.

Jail administration and directorate of mass education are jointly conducting this programme named ‘Prerna.’

‘Prerna’ aims to educate the prisoners so that they can fit-into the mainstream society post a period of partial isolation. Statistically, it aims to educate 750 jail inmates, which includes 50 to 60 women, by January 2012.

‘Prerna’ aims to educate the prisoners so that they can fit-into the mainstream society post a period of partial isolation. Statistically, it aims to educate 750 jail inmates, which includes 50 to 60 women, by January 2012.

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Bihar to shine bright during this festive season

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 08:45 PM PDT

The residents of Bihar might not have to feel the pinch of power crisis during the festive season, as Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) is likely to sign an agreement to purchase about 300MW of power from the open market to supply electricity from September to November.

Four prominent power companies have submitted their bids to sell 300MW through competitive bidding in response to the power-starved BSEB's tender to purchase electricity from the open market.

It has decided to purchase power from the open market to meet the state's energy requirement in the short span of time as the commissioning of new power plants, which include its own generation units and memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NTPC and others for generation, would take time due to their long gestation period.

Besides this, renovation and modernisation work of the state's own Barauni and Kanti thermal plants would be completed only after June 2012. The four companies which have expressed interest and have submitted bids include Tata Power, NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam, PTC India Ltd (formerly known as Power Trading Corporation of India Ltd) and Mittal Processor, a top BSEB official wishing not to be quoted told.

Bids would be opened very soon sources said, adding that the board expects to sign an MoU for purchase of few hundreds of megawatts if it matches the board's price.

"We have received a good number of response to our tender and on that basis we are quite hopeful of signing agreement for at least 150 to 200MW if not for all 300MW," a source said.

Bihar preparing its own five year plan

Posted: 22 Jul 2011 08:36 PM PDT

Bihar government is preparing its own approach paper for the 12th five-year Plan (2012-17). The move has been initiated in the backdrop of recently held first-ever Regional Consultative Committee Meeting here in May, which was attended by deputy chairman Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia along with representatives from the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Chhattisgarh.

Preparatory exercise is in progress for giving the approach paper a final shape, said principal secretary (department of planning and development) Vijay Prakash on Thursday. The exercise for preparing separate approach paper for the state, which began for the first time in 2010, outlines the broad development strategy and sectoral policies covering agriculture, industry, infrastructure and the social sector.

The State Statistics Strengthening Project (SSSP) would be launched for the first time in the state with the aid of the World Bank wherein a common cadre of statistics officers from all departments would be created. Under the project, 20 core statistics fixed by the Union government would be developed on a par with international standard, Prakash said adding the state would get Rs 92 crore for this from Centre in the next four years.

Prakash said against final state Plan outlay of Rs 18,351.46 crore approved by the Centre for 2010-11, the state government spent Rs 18717.57 crore which was 101.99% of the Plan outlay. This marks a major achievement as expenditure surpassed the Plan outlay, he added. He further said for the year 2011-12, the Plan outlay had been increased to Rs 24,000 crore.

In the 2011-12 fiscal, the state government also launched the Mukhyamantri Kshetra Vikas Yojana for balanced development of both rural and urban localities.

As much as 85% of funds under this scheme would be spent on the development of rural areas and 15% for urban areas. The fund would be spent on construction of panchayat and urban local bodies buildings, government buildings, godowns, lanes and by-lanes, community buildings, public bus stoppages, passenger sheds, public libraries, sports ground, public river ghats, development of hats, public platforms and public theatres, the principal secretary said.

Steps have already been initiated for selection of programmes under the scheme for which a selection committee has been constituted in every districts with minister in-charge of the district as its president and MLAs and MLCs of that particular area as its members, Prakash said. Three non-governmental candidates nominated by the state government would also be in the committee while the DM concerned would act as member secretary and district programme officer as convenor, he said.

Also, for the first time in the state a Local Region Engineers’ Organization would be created at three levels – state, division and district – in the state with one division each in 19 districts and two divisions each in the rest of the 19 districts. For this 200 posts of engineers would be created, Prakash said.

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