Bihar economy growing under Nitish Kumar,says Modi

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi gave a thorough report card on the state's progress.

Written by Agencies | Patna | Published:February 22, 2012 6:37 pm

The Bihar economy grew at a rate of 11.36 per cent from 2004-05 to 2010-11,much above the national average.

Commenting on the big strides on social development front,Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also said the literacy rate increased from 47.0 per cent in 2001 to 63.8 per cent in 2011,registering a growth of 16.8 per cent during the decade and this decadal raise is the highest among all the states.

The Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in the state was 48 per thousand live births in 2010,almost equal to the national average of 47,besides a sharp drop in Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) from 312 in 2004-06 to 261 in 2007-09.

The growth rate of the state economy in 2010-11 was 14.8 per cent,Modi,who holds the finance portfolio as well,told reporters after tabling the economic survey for 2011-12 in the state assembly.

This was possible owing to substantial increase in public investment,” he said.

Modi said the average productivity during 2007-10 of three important cereals was 1,353 kg per hectare for rice,2,208 kg per hectare for wheat and 2,629 kg per hectare for

maize.

In the last kharif season,a farmer in Nalanda districtcreated a world record by achieving a productivity level of 22.4 tonne per hectare for rice,he said.

Modi said in vegetable production,the state holds the top position in the country as the productivity of potato increased from 17,180 kg per hectare in 2008-09 to 18,410 kg

per hectare in 2009-10.

The productivity of onion went up to 20,317 kg per hectare in 2009-10 over 19,270 kg per hectare in 2008-09.

Modi said there were 36 large scale units in the state,besides six such units under the central sector. A total of 1.89 lakh medium,small and micro registered units were set up

till December 2011 indicating an overall increase of around 60per cent over the year 2000 and the highest increase of about 62 per cent in tiny micro sector followed by 58 per cent in artisan based units.

The State Investment Promotion Board approved 603 project proposals till date which involves a total investment of more than Rs 48,000 crore and employment of 1.85 lakh persons.

Till January 2012,a total of 17,363 villages and 1,96,7000 BPL families were connected to power grid under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana and construction of

171 power sub-stations has has been approved.

On education front,during 2002-03 to 2009-10 total enrolment in elementary classes increased at an annual rate of 8.2 per cent and for upper primary education Scs/STs enrollment is growing annually at 22.1 per cent.

Modi said the enrollment of girl students was increasing at a faster rate than boys and for the primary stage,the drop out rate was 61.6 per cent in 2001-02,but it has been reduced to 42.5 per cent in 2009-10. The percentage of institutional delivery has increased from 18.8 per cent in 2002-03 to 48.3 per cent in 2009 and the improvement in immunisation was 66.8 percent in 2010 compared to a mere 18.0 per cent in 2005,Modi said.

During 2010-11,a total of 1.84 lakh persons were assisted through SHGs under the Swarnajayanti Grameen Swarojgar Yojana,of which 1.21 lakh were women.

Seventy per cent of the target under Indira Awas Yojana were achieved as against 59 per cent in 2009-10 and under MNREGA 130.44 lakh households were issued job cards till

2010-11.

Modi said the revenue surplus of Bihar government increased from Rs 2498 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 6272 crore in 2011-12 and the capital outlay increased systematically from Rs 5211 crore to Rs 11,447 crore during the same period.

The developmental expenditure on social and economic services increased from about Rs 17.1 thousand crore to about Rs 41.9 thousand crore during the period,while non-

developmental expenditure increased moderately from about Rs 10 thousand crore to Rs 22.5 thousand crore.

As a percentage GSDP,the GFD has been 2.43 percent in the budget estimates of 2011-12 which is less than the FRBM limit of 3 per cent,he said.

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