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Nitish orders free power connection to all
In a bid to keep up another election promise, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed officials to provide free electricity connection to everyone in Bihar by November 2017.
 
Providing free electricity connection to all the households was one of the seven promises Nitish Kumar made ahead of the assembly elections which his Grand Alliance won.
 
The connections would be free, but users would be charged for the power consumed, officials said on Friday. 
 
The government is expected to incur an expenditure of Rs.1,500-1,800 crore on this project.
 
Free electricity connection was earlier promised only for Below Poverty Line families but now it will also cover 50-60 lakh families coming in the Above Poverty Line category.
 
A total of 2,719 of the 39,073 villages remain to be electrified in Bihar. 
 
In November 2005, average availability of power was six to eight hours in urban areas and two to three hours in rural areas.
 
But in 2015, the average availability of power in urban areas is 22-24 hours and 15-16 hours in rural areas.
 
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'Devout' Haryana government all set to bring alive mythological Saraswati
Haryana's first BJP dispensation headed by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar may not have much to write home about in terms of its achievements in 13 months in office but the 'devout' government is all set to convert mythology into reality for the people of the state.
 
After having made its intention clear that it will go all out to dig out the hitherto invisible Saraswati river, the religiously-minded Khattar government has gone a step forward.
 
Khattar, who is chairman of the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board (HSHDB), has issued directions that the excavation work of the river from its origin in Yamunanagar district to Kurukshetra, the land of the epic Mahabharata, be completed on a "war footing". Construction of a palaeo-channel, digging of bore wells, carbon dating and other works, with a budget of Rs.3 crore ($450,000) in the first phase has already been initiated.
 
"A three-day Saraswati Mahotsav would be celebrated on the occasion of Basant Panchmi (next February) in three districts, namely, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra and Kaithal, in which information regarding the Saraswati would be given to people and literature would be distributed. Also, some scholars would inform people about the findings done so far about the Saraswati," Khattar said here.
 
The Saraswati river, considered sacred in Hindu religion, finds mention in ancient Hindu scriptures like the Rig Veda, Mahabharata, Ramayana and others, giving credence to the belief that it existed during those times.
 
To send out a clear signal that the Khattar government means serious business, a steering committee has been constituted under Haryana Chief Secretary D.S. Dhesi to deal with any issues arising in the rejuvenation work.
 
"The committee has top officers, including additional chief secretaries and principal secretaries of public works, tourism, agriculture, irrigation, cultural affairs, town and country planning and revenue departments," a senior officer told IANS.
 
"Provision would be made to keep books, research papers and other material related to the Saraswati in the district libraries of Kurukshetra, Kaithal and Yamunanagar so that information could reach the masses. Digital libraries would also be set up in districts," he added.
 
The Khattar government, buoyed by the "discovery" of water in April at just seven feet in Rohlaheri village of Yamunanagar district during digging work to find the mythological river, has already pledged Rs.50 crore for the excavation project.
 
"The board will conduct meticulous field work to unearth and understand the past and the present content of the Saraswati heritage in Haryana for exposition of cultural patterns and values. It will help to preserve and promote the various archeo-cultural facets of the Saraswati Heritage Area," a note of the state cabinet stated recently.
 
Khattar, who has been a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, and other BJP ministers have been quite inclined to dig up the mystery behind the mythological river, given its significance in Hindu mythology.
 
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Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

Don't spread wrong information. Saraswati was once a mighty river that had dried up.

Satellite images have also shown existence of a river bed...

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J Pinto

In Reply to Anand Vaidya 1 year ago

The Dinosaurs were mighty creatures who once walked the earth. Where is the logic in trying to bring them back to life ?

Rivers are living things. They flow and eventually dry up. That is the law of nature. Nothing should be expected to go on forever.

Let sleeping rivers lie. Focus on the river above ground (Ganga cleaning) rather than a river that may flow underground.

Haryana minister yells at woman police officer
Haryana Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij on Friday shouted at a senior woman police officer and ordered her to "get out" of a meeting in Fatehabad town. She refused, and the minister left in a huff.
 
The outburst came after both were locked in an argument over liquor smuggling.
 
Vij stormed out of the meeting after Fatehabad district police chief Sangeeta Kalia, an Indian Police Service (IPS) officer whom he ordered to "get out", refused to do so. 
 
Kalia is the superintendent of police in Fatehabad, 225 km from here.
 
The woman officer, who was seated next to the infuriated minister, stood her ground and refused to go out. She was heard saying: "I will not go out. You cannot insult me like this."
 
The minister, who was attending a public grievances' committee meeting of which he is the chairman, got upset when he asked the woman officer what she was doing to curb smuggling of liquor in areas bordering Punjab.
 
"We are taking action. We have registered over 2,500 cases. Many of these people come out on bail and indulge in smuggling again," Kalia told the minister.
 
However, the minister kept arguing with her demanding to know why she was not taking more action. He appeared to suggest that she was responsible for the action not being taken.
 
The officer objected to this. Vij then asked her to leave the meeting.
 
Deputy Commissioner N.K. Solanki and other district officers were present at the meeting but did not intervene.
 
Vij left the meeting in disgust and later said he would not come to Fatehabad as long as the woman officer was stationed there.
 
"I will not come here again as long as she is the SP here. I will complain to the chief minister. I had taken up the matter with her two-three times but her approach was very casual," Vij told the media.
 
Deputy Commissioner Solanki followed the minister till his car and tried to stop Vij from leaving but the minister was adamant and left.
 
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Jyoti Dua

1 year ago

Bad behaviour by the Minister. He should have discussed the issue in his / in Collectors office instead of indulging in an argument in public

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