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Parties seek action against Raj Thackeray for anti-Bihari remarks

The Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray’s anti-Bihari remarks created a furore in the state with political parties asking the Centre to take strong action against him for his comments. Read the rest of this entry »


Bihar babus don’t retire, get ‘merit’ postings

Former Bihar chief secretary R J M Pillai on Saturday took over as the Chief Information Commissioner of Bihar State Information Commission, replacing Ashok Kumar Choudhary, also a former chief secretary.

Pillai is the latest addition to a list of retired bureaucrats, who have been enjoying confidence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads appointment panels of several commissions as well as boards.

The government’s standard defence on its penchant for former bureaucrats is that it is only “going for merit and experience”. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, one of the members of several appointment panels, told The Indian Express: “Bihar, which had no governance till a few years ago, needs good governance. Former bureaucrats are chosen for such positions because of proven track as good administrators.” He, however, made it clear that such appointments are not given as a matter of reward to any retired officer, as being insinuated by the Opposition.

Among about a dozen IAS and IPS officers, who have been given important post-retirement position by the Nitish Kumar government are former chief secretaries Ashok Kumar Choudhary and RJM Pillai, ex-development commissioners K C Saha and S Vijayraghavan, and former DGPs Shiv Chandra Jha and Neelmani. Former additional director general of police Rajyavardhan Sharma, who retired recently, has been appointed as member of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC).

Here is the list of retired IAS officers holding key positions:

Ashok Kumar Choudhary, 1972 batch: Choudhary, who retired as chief secretary in 2007, was made chairman of the BPSC in 2008. He was appointed as the chief information commissioner in 2010. The tenure of CIC is for five years or at the age of 65, whichever comes earlier. Choudhary was also the BPSC chairman from January 15, 2008 till August 2, 2009.


Bihar Govt mulls opening secondary school in each panchayat

The Bihar government is mulling setting up one secondary school in each gram panchayat entailing a cost of Rs5,500 crore, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said.

The state government is committed to set up more schools and equiping them with good facilities to provide quality education to the students, he said at the Independence Day function yesterday.

There are 8,400 gram panchayas in the state and only 3,000 secondary schools, Kumar said, adding that the state government is making an endeavour to set up one secondary school in each gram panchayat. About Rs5,500 crores will be required to set up 5,400 schools, he said.

Besides, the state government will have to arrange Rs3,000 crores to provide recurring annual expenditure of each proposed secondary school, the chief minister said.

He said that efforts have been made to bring children to schools and as a result of which there are only three per cent children remaining out of school, but these children must also be enrolled in the schools to ensure their future.

Among other measures taken by the NDA government to improve education in Bihar, it has been decided to ensure that the students should have an attendance of 80% in their classes.

Expressing concern over the high fertility rate in Bihar, the chief minister said that literacy and education were the only means by which the people could be taught about the value of smaller families.

The state has a fertility rate of 3.7%, but in case of women with education up to matriculation, the fertility rate stood at two per cent, he said, adding that the population growth could be checked by educating the people, particularly the women.

He said that education schemes have been launched for the people in Mahadalit localities and the minorities with an emphasis on education of the women.

The chief minister also harped on the law and order situation and said that the state government has been successful in restoration of peace and rule of law.

Altogether 74,000 criminals have been convicted and put behind bars, he said, adding that it has, however, been observed that many of these criminals got released on bail and taken to crime.

In order to deter such criminals, the state government has decided to file applications in the competent courts for cancellation of their bails, he said.


Maoists hoist black flags in Bihar to protest India’s I-Day

Maoists hoist black flags in Bihar to protest India's I-Day

Maoists hoisted black flags in eight districts of Bihar on Wednesday to protest India’s Independence Day, police said.

The black flags were seen atop schools and some buildings in Gaya, Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Arwal, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, East Champaran and Muzaffarpur, officer said.

Maoist guerrillas also halted trains on Tuesday night at Ismailpur railway station near Gaya.”Maoists attacked the railway station and forced the station master to turn the signal red and stopped all trains including the Rajdhani Express,” the official said.


Bihar set to get normal rainfall this month

Bihar set to get normal rainfall this month

Bihar is set to receive normal rainfall this month which will enable farmers to sow paddy and other kharif crops, the met office said here on Tuesday.

Metereological Office Director D C Gupta said the south-westerly monsoon is expected to remain stable this month and bring rains in the state, which receives normal to more than normal rainfall in August.

Till August 14 there has been 102.6 mm rainfall in Bihar, 12 percent less than normal which is 117 mm, Gupta said.

The state had received 47 percent less rainfall in June at 89.3 mm against average rainfall of 169.7 mm, while July witnessed an increase in the rainfall at 302.7 mm against the monthly average rainfall at 339.8 mm, he said.

Overall there was 24 percent less than average rainfall in Bihar from June one to August 14 at 492.6 mm against the average rainfall of 644.2 mm. Neighbouring Jharkhand received nine percent less rainfall than the
average rainfall between June and August 14 at 617.4 mm against average rainfall of 681.4 mm, he said.

Meanwhile, heavy rains lashed the state on Tuesday with Patna district recording the highest rainfall at 59.6 mm.

More rainfall was expected in the next 48 hours, weatherman said. Life was hit and several residential areas in the state capital witnessed water logging.