New Delhi, May 15, 2013: The Annual Plan for the year 2013-14 for Bihar was finalized here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Bihar, Sh. Nitish Kumar. The plan size has been agreed at Rs. 34,000crore.
Deputy Chairman Planning Commission complemented the State Government for plan performance and for achieving higher growth rate during 11th five year plan period.
Patna, Jan 17, 2013: At least 400 women and adolescent girls in Bihar would have escaped rape in 2012 had the state government provided toilets to all the households in the state under the Centre-sponsored Total Sanitation Scheme (TSC), now christened Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA). That's official - sort of.
According to police records, rape cases averaged 980-odd every year in Bihar between 2006 and 2011. In the year just gone by, 872 cases of rape were reported till November.
New Delhi, Apr 26, 2013: Around 85 percent of households with no access to a proper toilet in rural Bihar want one, a study by a health organisation said Friday.
Patna, Apr 6, 2013: Bihar government has decided to improve health and sanitation in the state in the next five years with an investment of Rs 41,656 crore, Chief Secretary A K Sinha said today.
The statement was made by Sinha after a review meeting of the Human Development Mission by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
The state government had set up seven committees under the Mission last year and asked each of them to frame roadmap for works to be undertaken in the next five years.
Feb 13, 2013: A practical paper that addresses vital gaps in water quality monitoring and institutional weakness, focuses on the role of access and interventions in severely contaminated areas and calls for a drastic shift in the monitoring and intervention strategy to address safe water provision for rural Bihar
Access to safe water is a prerequisite to good health. Bihar faces a tremendous challenge in ensuring this basic access to safe water for its population of 83 million, both in terms of sustainability and contamination.
Patna, Feb 2, 2013: Irked at poor sanitary condition at Patna Junction, East Central Railway (ECR) GM Madhuresh Kumar has set a deadline of a month to improve condition there. He has given one week's time to improve sanitation on all the platforms of Patna Junction. Danapur DRM L M Jha has been made the nodal officer to supervise sanitary condition at Patna Junction.
Jan 27, 2013: This report talks of the successes and challenges in fulfilling the endeavour of moving towards self reliance and access to safe drinking water and securing sanitation in north Bihar, the areas of concern and shortcomings, and acknowledges the missing links to find the way forward.
Patna, Dec. 11, 2012: “I will die hungry, but won’t do this work anymore,” avowed Lad Kunwar from Madhya Pradesh. When this intrepid Balmiki woman from the Bundelkhand region gave up working as a manual scavenger, she discovered dignity.
Patna, Sept. 19, 2012: Irked at the failure of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to ensure regular lifting of garbage in different parts of the city and to solve the problem of waterlogging following rain, the Patna high court on Tuesday decided to monitor the twin issues on a day-to-day basis and directed the municipal body to submit progress report to the court in this regard everyday.
Patna, Aug 30, 2012: The problem of solid waste continues to plague Patnaites as Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) is yet to give a no objection letter to the newly appointed waste management companies appointed by the urban development department. The Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNURM) had sanctioned Rs 110 crore for installation of a waste recycling plant but the work could not take off due to the delay by the PMC officials.