Patna,(BiharTimes): It is the case of sprucing up drawing room at the cost of rest of the house.
If this year’s figures given in the Economic Survey of Bihar is to be believed Patna gets almost half––44 per cent to be precise––of the state’s funds meant for various development work. The rest 37 districts of the state had to content with 56 per cent. Incidentally Patna has less than six per cent of the state’s population.
The figures go to confirm the level of disparity in Bihar. While Patna prospered, the rest of Bihar continued to remain backward due to the acute shortage of fund. In some places the condition even deteriorated.
Be it in terms of average incomes and government spending on key social programmes such as education, health and sanitation Patna gets huge attention when compared to other districts. For example the per capita income of Patna is more than nine times that of Sheohar in North Bihar.
For example, the average income in Patna district is Rs 37,737. Munger, which is second, is far behind at Rs 12,370 and Begusarai at Rs 10,409. In contrast Jamui had the income of Rs 5,516 and Araria Rs 5,245. Sheohar, with Rs 4,398, is at the bottom of the 38 districts.
What is ironic is that Patna occupies just 3.4 per cent of Bihar’s area and 5.7 per cent of its population.
While the average per capita expenditure in Bihar is Rs 3,821 the figure of Patna stands at Rs 29,390.
While the per capita expenditure on primary education in Patna is Rs 3,867 the state average is Rs 425. The figures for medical facilities are Rs 752 for Patna against the state average of Rs 106.92. While Rs 55.4 per person is spent on sanitation in Patna the figure for rest of Bihar is just Rs 6.4.
Patna spent more than three times the state’s average on welfare of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes.
While Patna gets Rs 410 crore for medical facilities, the poorest district, Sheohar, received only Rs 2.9 crore.
May sound unbelievable nevertheless at least six of the 38 districts received no money for sanitation and sewerage in 2008-09.