Around 3.2 million households in Bihar will be electrified under the Centre-sponsored Saubhagya scheme.
In a big move, Indian Railways has halted employment initiative. The initiative was launched during former railway minister Nitish Kumar’s term in 2004. The scheme was started with an aim to give jobs to children of employees in the lower tier in return for voluntary retirement.
Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday asked the state energy department to provide electricity connection to every habitation by the end of December.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has said that he would meet Railways Minister Piyush Goyal to discuss the proposed plan of building a diesel engine factory in Chhapra in Bihar – a project that was billed as India’s biggest Make in India project.
As part of Nitish Kumar government’s resolve to provide free electricity connection to every household by end of this year, 38,596 villages out of a total of 39,073 villages have been electrified and work is on to accomplish the task on time.
As many as 38,596 out of the state’s 38,073 villages have been lit up, chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh said while briefing media about the review meet.
Bihar’s 98.8 per cent villages have already been electrified and power will reach the remaining ones by December end, chief minister Nitish Kumar was informed in a review meet in Patna.
Nepal has requested India to consider lowering the price of electricity supplied through the cross-border transmission lines of Bihar state.
Taking an “extra-ordinary” decision to crackdown on illegal stone mining, the Rohtas administration in Bihar has decided to blast approach roads to Kaimur hills in the district.