The Education Department has identified four points where children tend to drop out from school — after Class 5 and Class 8, when a student has to change from primary to secondary and from secondary to higher secondary classes, respectively; as well as after the Class 10 and Class 12 boards.
"When I sought information of the status of cases against activists, I was told that 184 of 213 cases have been disposed of. But I was not told what action was taken against officials and people responsible for harassing them,” said RTI activist Shiv Prakash Rai.
Despite the pandemic, Bihar saw a good voter turnout and recorded polling of over 57 per cent. More than seven crore single-use gloves, over seven lakh units of hand sanitisers, and about six lakh PPE kits were procured for the polls.
Maintaining that they are keeping a close eye on the developments in Bihar, senior RJD leaders said it is “clear that the BJP is asserting its authority” over Nitish Kumar in the Bihar alliance as well.
Sushil Modi further added that Nitish Kumar did not want to be the chief minister after the Bihar poll results. "In the end, he accepted to become the CM on request of JDU, BJP, and VIP leaders," he added.
The JD(U) -- BJP’s alliance partner in Bihar -- has reacted sharply, calling the move “unfriendly”. The party is likely to discuss the matter at its upcoming national executive on December 27 in Patna.
Pointing out the revenue loss for the fund-starved state, Ajit Sharma wrote, “There has been loss of Rs 4,000 crore-Rs 5,000 crore to the state exchequer because of the prohibition. Liquor mafia would be earning twice the amount.”
The study said "customers on average received about 17 hours of electricity in a day, and many paid less than 20 per cent of their share. Most strikingly, the areas that paid more didn't necessarily get more power."