Nitish unveils Rs 306 cr development projects in West
    Patna, Nov 8 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Friday inaugurated and laid foundation stones of 58 various
development schemes worth Rs 306 crore in the West Champaran
    Addressing a public meeting at Rampurwa high school
sports ground located under Mainatand block of the district,
Kumar said local people had voiced some problems of the area
when he had come for campaigning during Lok Sabha elections.
    Kumar said the problems told to him have been resolved
besides inaugurating and laying foundation stones for schemes
which were needed in the area, an official release said.
The CM asked people "please do let me know if you have
any other problems."
    The desiltation work of Triveni branch canal will be
completed by January 2020, he said adding the canal's work had
to be completed by the end of 2018. Stern action will be taken
against officials responsible for the delay in completing the
project, he added.
    The state government has set a target of connecting
all the villages and hamlets (Tolas) of Bihar with pucca
(metallic) road by the end of next year, Kumar said.
    Talking about the incidents of stubble burning in
fields of Punjab and Haryana which has caused the problem of
pollution in the adjoining areas, the CM said the same
practise has started too in this area which is "absolutely
This not only gives rise to pollution but also reduces
the soil fertility which ultimately affects productivity, he
    The state government will give 75 per cent subsidy
for buying farm equipments like rotary mulcher, straw baler,
straw reaper to general farmers while 80 per cent subsidy will
be given to farmers belonging to SC, ST and Extremely Backward
Caste (EBC), Kumar said.
These equipments will help farmers in cutting,collecting
and making bundles of crop residues/stubbles which are
normally left in the field after crop cutting by combined
harvester, he added.
    Kumar asserted that piped drinking water under "Har
Ghar Nal Ka Jal" scheme will be made available in all the
households across the state by the end of next year.
    People will get rid off 90 per cent of diseases if
they are freed from open defecation besides getting potable
water, he said.
    Stating that the state, which once used to draw 700 MW
electricity is now drawing 5500 MW of power supply, the CM
said that farmers, who have already made applications, will
get power connections for irrigation purposes at the rate of
75 paisa per unit through dedicated agriculture feeder by the
end of this year.
Those who made applications after August this year will
get power connection next year, he added.
    Prominent among those who addressed the meeting
included Dy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, Minorities Affairs Minister
Khurshid alias Feroz Ahmad, water resources minister Sanjay
Kumar Jha and Tirhut Division Commissioner Pankaj Kumar. PTI

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