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Bihar is country’s fastest growing state at 13.1%

Bihar is country’s fastest growing state at 13.1%

NEW DELHI: Bihar, which was synonymous with poverty, has emerged as the fastest growing state for the second year running, clocking a scorching 13.1% growth in 2011-12. Not just that, on the back of four years of double-digit growth, its economy is now bigger than that of Punjab—until recently the preferred destination of Bihari migrant workers.
Bihar to figure in international labour meet at Geneva

Bihar to figure in international labour meet at Geneva

PATNA: Steps taken by the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government for improving the lot of state’s workforce and unemployed youths would figure prominently at the 16-day 101st International Labour Conference (ILC) to be organized by International Labour Organisation (ILO) at Geneva (Switzerland), from May 30.

State labour resources development (LRD) department minister Janardan Singh Sigriwal, who would be a part of the four-member Indian delegation, led by Union labour and employment minister Mallikarjun Khadge, to ILC, said here on Saturday the ILO has allotted the first five days of the ILC to discuss the problems related to labour and youth unemployment in India, and also to take account of the concrete and corrective steps taken by the governments, both Union and state, on these fronts.

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Bihar boasts of 14.8% growth in 2010-11

Bihar boasts of 14.8% growth in 2010-11

PATNA: Bihar accelerated its growth rate to 14.8% in 2010-11 but still continued to be at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of per capita income in the country.

This was the highlight of the Economic Survey 2011-12, which was tabled in the state legislature on Wednesday by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the finance portfolio. The state’s economy grew at an annual rate of 11.36% between 2004-05 and 2010-11, riding on substantially higher public investment.

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Public services now go online in Bihar

Public services now go online in Bihar

PATNA: Continuing his tradition of presenting annual report card listing the achievements and targets of his government, which he started in 2006, CM Nitish Kumar released the sixth report card – first of his second tenure – on Friday, highlighting his agenda of development with justice.

“Development with justice is the mantra of our government. We have to build a Bihar where development goes hand in hand with justice. We want to see the glow of self-esteem, self-confidence and self-sufficiency on the faces of 10.4 crore Biharis,” said Nitish at the release function.

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Breaking Free: How Nitish Kumar Turned Bihar Into a Model of Indian Reform

Breaking Free: How Nitish Kumar Turned Bihar Into a Model of Indian Reform

In Patna, the noisy capital of India’s northern Bihar state, a crowd gathers early for the weekly janata darbar, the “people’s audience.” Many have traveled for hours, even days; some stop for a bit of fortification — sticky sweets and fried snacks from vendors on the lawns outside — before they enter the makeshift meeting hall. By 10:30 a.m. hundreds are standing under the whirring ceiling fans and corrugated metal sheeting. They form an impeccably ordered queue. Nearly all are men, most are poor, a few are barefoot, and each one has showed up for the same thing: to present their grievances directly to Bihar’s chief minister, Nitish Kumar, the man at the end of the line.

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BCC lauds state’s 14.15% growth rate

BCC lauds state’s 14.15% growth rate

PATNA: The trade and industry circles on Sunday expressed their satisfaction over the 14.15% growth rate achieved in the gross state domestic product (GSDP) during the 2010-11 fiscal under the Nitish Kumar-led government.

Bihar Chamber of Commerce (BCC) president O P Sah said that it was a matter of immense satisfaction and pride that the state’s economy had achieved “such a healthy growth”.

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