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Old February 20th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #1041
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‘Miles to go to compete with southern states’

HARD TALK/ Sanjay Kumar

How far has the state reached in strengthening healthcare delivery system and quality of treatment services in the last few years?

To be precise, we have come a long way in improving healthcare delivery system in the government sector. I will not be exaggerating if I say that there has been quite a turnaround. Figures and health indicators speak for themselves. While in 2006, the average turnout at primary health centres every month was 39. It reached 8,183 in 2011. Similarly, the routine immunisation coverage that was 18 per cent in 2004 reached 68 per cent last year. Infant mortality rate in the state has come down to 48, which was 61 in 2002. Maternal mortality rate, which was 312 in 2007, has also decreased considerably and was registered at 261 in 2011. But yes, as we started from a dismally low baseline in 2005, things are taking time in getting reflected. We still have a lot to do before we can claim of competing with the likes of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where government-run healthcare system has made a name for itself. Total fertility rate, which is 3.9 and the highest in the country, is a major cause of concern. We plan to bring it down to 2.1, even lesser than the national average of 2.6, in few years. And it is not an easy task because it involves socio-economic issues as well.


What are the main constraints and roadblocks that have crippled the public health sector in the state?

The main challenges that we are facing in the primary healthcare system are shortage of trained manpower and gaps in physical infrastructure. At the same time, there have been endeavour to overcome these constraints. Since the advent of National Rural Health Scheme (NRHM) in the state about seven years ago, 1,700 doctors have been hired on contractual basis. Similarly, 8,000 nurses have been appointed as well. At the district-level, specialists are being hired to implement various health schemes. Shortage of infrastructure is also being addressed. The state needs about 20,000 health sub-centres. The existing number is half the requirement. Similarly, as against the required 3,000 additional primary health centres, we have only 1,544. There are plans to convert the six-bed primary health centres into 30-bed ones. Besides, the existing facilities are not delivering to the capacity. We have to ensure presence of skilled manpower and physical infrastructure concurrently. All this will happen, but step by step. Budget is not a constraint. In fact, we have not been able to absorb funds available through NRHM because of these constraints. Though about Rs 600 crore of Rs 1,098 crore granted for the state in the current fiscal has already been spent, we hope to spend 80-85 per cent of the total amount by March.

Doctors are often found absent from duty in government hospitals. The situation has not changed much even as the current government claims to revamp the health department?

First of all, people’s faith has grown in government hospitals. As they are going into hospitals, the doctors’ absence is being noticed in several cases.

If there is a pressure of demand on the system, supply will have to cope up with that. We are trying to ensure that doctors do their duties properly. In the remote areas, many doctors do not show interest in attending duties at the primary health centres because of the lack of housing facilities. We will address the issue soon. We have to ensure housing facilities for doctors and paramedics up to the primary health centre level. If this happens, the doctors will not have any excuse to be outside places where they are posted. I also believe a ban on private practice by government doctors will be the best way to ensure their presence at government hospitals even if we have to pay them non-practising allowances. The state will come up with a policy on it soon.

Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation has been projected as a panacea for many problems in the health sector. Why has it remained elusive for several years?

There were talks earlier to constitute the body, but it came into being only last year through a cabinet decision and is finding its feet. Of the total 16 posts that have been sanctioned for the corporation, 10 have already been filled up. The rest will also be filled up once it gets operational in phases. In the first phase, the corporation will begin centralised procurement of drugs.

A centralised drug inventory management system will also become effective to ensure proper availability, maintenance and management of medicines in government hospitals, right from medical colleges to health sub-centres.

Through the system, online indenting of medicines will be done and civil surgeons will be entitled to distribute drugs to the primary health centres and lower level hospitals according to their requirements. At present, the drug availability in hospitals in supply-oriented. Our effort is to make it demand oriented. In the second phase, the corporation will start procuring equipment for medical colleges.

Bihar State Health Society has often been accused of taking over the health directorate, which has virtually remained defunct for several years.

NRHM calls for co-ordination and co-operation between Bihar State Health Society and the directorate. I am happy to share this with you that in many years, most of the posts are filled up for the first time with right kind of personnel. The directorate is entrusted with the responsibility of carrying out monitoring and inspections of health institutions and for that resources are made available to them as well. But yes, I do agree that there should be greater interaction between two wings.

Tell us about your life journey so far?

I was born in Patna on June 4, 1966. My father retired as a superintending engineer in the public works department.

Before graduating from St Stephen’s College in Delhi, I did my schooling from Patna, Darbhanga, Delhi and Mussoorie. Later I want to New York, USA and did my masters in physics. It was during my PhD in theoretical physics from the US in 1990 that I came down to India and sat for civil services examination. My entry into the service was totally unplanned as I cracked it in one go.

What would you have been if not an IAS officer?

I would have been teaching physics in some university or doing research. But I am happy with the job that I am doing. I think public administration is a good way of making changes in society.
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Old February 20th, 2012, 12:41 PM   #1042
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Government must aspire to make Patna a metropolitan city. That should be their dream. All the cities in India must compete against each other in providing services, amenities and development. That way, each city will replicate facilities across India and people can live wherever they wish to. The most important thing is that the government should think that whatever is there in Dubai, Delhi or London that same thing should be there in Patna too. If there is 24-hour water supply in London, than why not in Patna? If one can drink water out of a tap in New York why not in Patna? If there can be an efficient bus service in MH/karnataka, why not in Patna? Never be satisfied, a la Robert Frost's miles to go before I sleep adage. If there can an Essel World near Mumbai or Appu Ghar near Delhi, than why not near Patna as well? Their target should be to make a Patna a metro.
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Lack of preservation facilities hits food processing industry

PATNA: The state government measures for giving a prop to food processing industry which will help in getting better value addition through processing of its rich horticultural resources, fruits and vegetables, without providing cold chain and air cargo facility for marketing them has exposed chinks in its industrial promotion policy.

The Bihar Industries Association (BIA) and the Bihar Chamber of Commerce have been demanding the creation of cold chain and air cargo facility at Patna for more than a decade for preserving perishable vegetables, fruits and the processed vegetable and fruit products so that they could be sent to distant markets.

The matter is hanging fire at the level of the state government, said BIA president K P S Keshri here on Tuesday stating that the creation of cold chain for carrying vegetables, fruits and their processed products, and running cold chain vehicles for carrying them at sub-zero level to the markets is imperative as they are perishable items.

The state government in order to tap the natural bounties of the state from the farms had come out with food processing policy with subsidies for establishing food processing units, but the creation of cold chain, common facility centres and air cargo facilities was important for getting good return on investments, he said. Keshri said that fruits, including litchi, mango and other luscious fruits, of the state are high in demand across the country -- both raw and processed forms.

Preservation of litchi pulp and other fruits at sub-zero temperatures (-20 degree C to -40 degree C) is important for processing them round-the-year at the food processing industries, said chairman of the Kedia group of Industries based at Muzaffarpur, R K Kedia.

Adding preservatives for preserving the processed fruits is the other way, but storing the fruits at sub-zero level would sustain the processing industries round-the-year, Keshri said.

At present, the food processing units in Muzaffarpur and Hajipur are processing litchi in pulp form for exporting them to the big food processing industries in the country which process them further to produce fruit juice and natural drinks as there is no cold chain and common facility centre in Bihar, Kedia said.

The Kedia group is one of the leading litchi exporting entrepreneurs of the state. It has set up a big food processing industry, Unique Foods, at Muzaffarpur, but due to lack of facilities it would be difficult for it to match the leading food processing units in the countries to which the Kedias have been providing litchi and fruits in pulp forms. Kedia told TOI that air cargo facility can be provided at an air strip in Muzaffarpur.

Kedia said that the government should waive the upper limit of Rs 5 crore for getting 35 per cent subsidy given to food processing industries. This waiver is necessary because the setting up of cold chain and units for manufacturing tetra packs for packaging litchi, mango, grape, apple and other fruit juices involve investment of more than Rs 10 crore.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 04:39 AM   #1044
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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.

Yet, the state's per capita income at current prices stood at Rs 16,592 during 2011-12, which was nowhere near the national average of Rs 46,492. "The momentum of the growth has to be sustained for several years to close the gap between Bihar and the national average," said Modi.

Highlighting the results of the governance and fiscal management, he said the revenue surplus of state increased from Rs 2,498 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 6,272 crore in 2011-12. The capital outlay increased steadily from Rs 5,211 crore to Rs 11,448 crore during this period while development expenditure on social and economic services increased from Rs 17,000 crore to about Rs 43,000 crore. "The gross fiscal deficit has been 2.43% in the budget estimates of 2011-12, which is lower than the 3% limit fixed under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act," the deputy CM said.

Modi said between 2004-05 and 2010-11, the sectors reporting a growth rate of more than 15% were manufacturing (23.30%), construction (19.61%), communications (27.23%) and trade, hotels and restaurants (20.22%).

The survey report indicated a phenomenal fivefold increase in registration of new vehicles from 80,000 during 2005-06 to 3.87 lakh during 2010-11. Similarly, the number of mobile phone connections in the state increased to 4.48 crore in 2010-11 compared to 42.14 lakh in 2005-06.

The report also highlighted steady upward trend in per capita development expenditure (PCDE) during 2001-02 to 2010-11. From Rs 930 in 2001-02, the PCDE went up to Rs 3,467 in 2010-11, implying an annual growth rate of 17%. During the period, the country's PCDE grew at an annual rate of 13.6%. "The share of social sector spending in the total budget of Bihar increased from 18.9% in 2001-02 to 31.9% in 2010-11," Modi said.

"There are, in all, 36 large-scale units in Bihar besides six such units under the central sector. A total of 1.89 lakh medium, small and micro units were set up in the state till December 2011, an increase of around 60% over the year 2000. The highest increase of about 62% was noticeable in tiny and micro sector followed by 58% in artisan-based units. The State Investment Promotion Board has approved 603 proposals till date involving an investment of over Rs 2.48 lakh crore and employment to 1.85 lakh persons," the report said.

On the power front, however, the situation remains critical. Bihar has the lowest annual per capita consumption of electricity at 122.11 kWh against the national average of 778.71 kWh. Up to January last, a total of 17,363 villages and 19.67 lakh BPL families were connected to the grid under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme, the report said.

BOOM CONTINUES

Growth rate: 14.8%

Per capita income: Rs 16592

Mobile phone connections: 4.48 crore

Vehicles registered: 3.87 lakh

Literacy rate: 63.8%

Road length increase: 119%

Villages electrified: 17,363

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/c...w/11998258.cms
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 09:44 AM   #1045
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http://www.telegraphindia.com/112022...y_15156799.jsp

‘Miles to go to compete with southern states’

HARD TALK/ Sanjay Kumar

How far has the state reached in strengthening healthcare delivery system and quality of treatment services in the last few years?

To be precise, we have come a long way in improving healthcare delivery system in the government sector. I will not be exaggerating if I say that there has been quite a turnaround. Figures and health indicators speak for themselves. While in 2006, the average turnout at primary health centres every month was 39. It reached 8,183 in 2011. Similarly, the routine immunisation coverage that was 18 per cent in 2004 reached 68 per cent last year. Infant mortality rate in the state has come down to 48, which was 61 in 2002. Maternal mortality rate, which was 312 in 2007, has also decreased considerably and was registered at 261 in 2011. But yes, as we started from a dismally low baseline in 2005, things are taking time in getting reflected. We still have a lot to do before we can claim of competing with the likes of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, where government-run healthcare system has made a name for itself. Total fertility rate, which is 3.9 and the highest in the country, is a major cause of concern. We plan to bring it down to 2.1, even lesser than the national average of 2.6, in few years. And it is not an easy task because it involves socio-economic issues as well.


What are the main constraints and roadblocks that have crippled the public health sector in the state?

The main challenges that we are facing in the primary healthcare system are shortage of trained manpower and gaps in physical infrastructure. At the same time, there have been endeavour to overcome these constraints. Since the advent of National Rural Health Scheme (NRHM) in the state about seven years ago, 1,700 doctors have been hired on contractual basis. Similarly, 8,000 nurses have been appointed as well. At the district-level, specialists are being hired to implement various health schemes. Shortage of infrastructure is also being addressed. The state needs about 20,000 health sub-centres. The existing number is half the requirement. Similarly, as against the required 3,000 additional primary health centres, we have only 1,544. There are plans to convert the six-bed primary health centres into 30-bed ones. Besides, the existing facilities are not delivering to the capacity. We have to ensure presence of skilled manpower and physical infrastructure concurrently. All this will happen, but step by step. Budget is not a constraint. In fact, we have not been able to absorb funds available through NRHM because of these constraints. Though about Rs 600 crore of Rs 1,098 crore granted for the state in the current fiscal has already been spent, we hope to spend 80-85 per cent of the total amount by March.

Doctors are often found absent from duty in government hospitals. The situation has not changed much even as the current government claims to revamp the health department?

First of all, people’s faith has grown in government hospitals. As they are going into hospitals, the doctors’ absence is being noticed in several cases.

If there is a pressure of demand on the system, supply will have to cope up with that. We are trying to ensure that doctors do their duties properly. In the remote areas, many doctors do not show interest in attending duties at the primary health centres because of the lack of housing facilities. We will address the issue soon. We have to ensure housing facilities for doctors and paramedics up to the primary health centre level. If this happens, the doctors will not have any excuse to be outside places where they are posted. I also believe a ban on private practice by government doctors will be the best way to ensure their presence at government hospitals even if we have to pay them non-practising allowances. The state will come up with a policy on it soon.

Bihar Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation has been projected as a panacea for many problems in the health sector. Why has it remained elusive for several years?

There were talks earlier to constitute the body, but it came into being only last year through a cabinet decision and is finding its feet. Of the total 16 posts that have been sanctioned for the corporation, 10 have already been filled up. The rest will also be filled up once it gets operational in phases. In the first phase, the corporation will begin centralised procurement of drugs.

A centralised drug inventory management system will also become effective to ensure proper availability, maintenance and management of medicines in government hospitals, right from medical colleges to health sub-centres.

Through the system, online indenting of medicines will be done and civil surgeons will be entitled to distribute drugs to the primary health centres and lower level hospitals according to their requirements. At present, the drug availability in hospitals in supply-oriented. Our effort is to make it demand oriented. In the second phase, the corporation will start procuring equipment for medical colleges.

Bihar State Health Society has often been accused of taking over the health directorate, which has virtually remained defunct for several years.

NRHM calls for co-ordination and co-operation between Bihar State Health Society and the directorate. I am happy to share this with you that in many years, most of the posts are filled up for the first time with right kind of personnel. The directorate is entrusted with the responsibility of carrying out monitoring and inspections of health institutions and for that resources are made available to them as well. But yes, I do agree that there should be greater interaction between two wings.

Tell us about your life journey so far?

I was born in Patna on June 4, 1966. My father retired as a superintending engineer in the public works department.

Before graduating from St Stephen’s College in Delhi, I did my schooling from Patna, Darbhanga, Delhi and Mussoorie. Later I want to New York, USA and did my masters in physics. It was during my PhD in theoretical physics from the US in 1990 that I came down to India and sat for civil services examination. My entry into the service was totally unplanned as I cracked it in one go.

What would you have been if not an IAS officer?

I would have been teaching physics in some university or doing research. But I am happy with the job that I am doing. I think public administration is a good way of making changes in society.
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Don't understand your simile and happiness on backwardness of Bihar. The fact that Bihar is lagging behind South Indian states must be making you very happy. It really makes me sad to see people like you around.

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Don't understand your simile and happiness on backwardness of Bihar. The fact that Bihar is lagging behind South Indian states must be making you very happy. It really makes me sad to see people like you around.
it is very unfortunate that some people are happy at the backwardness of bihar. i would say bangalore was not much developed till 1995. it is only after infosys started its operations there and other IT companies started follwing their trend. except for the weather there other things are similar to other indian cities. and i hope delhi is the best when it comes to infrastructure. every cities have its own ups and downs throughout its journey.today's bangalore has massive contributions from outsiders and it is really nice that most of them respect local culture. same kind of behaviour is expected from the local people. the locals in bangalore are known for their warm hospitality. Major IT companies have started expanding to other cities also. already after kolkata, bhubaneshwar is emerging as IT destination in the east, followed by guwahati. bihar too will have IT SEZ very soon , if i am not mistaken. IT SEZs and swanky building may become white elephants in years to come. already there is such a trend in hydrabad.
last but not the least, letz respect each other's culture and their sentiments. letz not make fun of other states.
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+1. When you make fun of any state you also make fun of India. Have some respect please.

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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.
substantially higher public investment.

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Great news. What Bihar really needs to do is control its population. Which means educating FEMALES and getting them more EMPLOYMENT. But good progress nevertheless. Nice article.
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seriously muthu , a smiley - I mean how old are you , ten ??
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Dear Friend ,
if u see my comment (icon) , it was only for the headline on this message which read like this ((((‘Miles to go to compete with southern states’ ))))

I am not happy or sad coz bihar is poor or what ever .... why should i be ,
just when some one trying to compare with south india , made me laugh ...
there are enough states in north which are way ahead ..like haryana ..gujrat ...to compare at start ..sorry if i made some thing wrong ,my intension was totally different


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14.8 %? That's incredible (though such enormous percentages make me a bit skeptical.) Even 9% as a CORE rate of growth compared to an all india average of 6.9% is impressive. Anyone knows what benchmarks are they using to quote these figures?
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14.8 %? That's incredible (though such enormous percentages make me a bit skeptical.) Even 9% as a CORE rate of growth compared to an all india average of 6.9% is impressive. Anyone knows what benchmarks are they using to quote these figures?
Percent increase can some time be misleading, especially when the base against which the increase is being computed is small. More precisely,

%-increase = (new - old) * 100 / old

which clearly indicate that for two economies that post same increase in magnitude, i.e., have same (new - old), number for the one with smaller base will be bigger than the other.
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My worry is not that growing at 14 % may be overestimated. My worry is the following:

1. Absence of power supply means that industries won't come.
2. High growth rate is driven by government spending, not investment
3. Patna lacks the environment to attract big companies.
4. Higher education in the State is inadequate.
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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.

Yet, the state's per capita income at current prices stood at Rs 16,592 during 2011-12, which was nowhere near the national average of Rs 46,492. "The momentum of the growth has to be sustained for several years to close the gap between Bihar and the national average," said Modi.

Highlighting the results of the governance and fiscal management, he said the revenue surplus of state increased from Rs 2,498 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 6,272 crore in 2011-12. The capital outlay increased steadily from Rs 5,211 crore to Rs 11,448 crore during this period while development expenditure on social and economic services increased from Rs 17,000 crore to about Rs 43,000 crore. "The gross fiscal deficit has been 2.43% in the budget estimates of 2011-12, which is lower than the 3% limit fixed under the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act," the deputy CM said.

Modi said between 2004-05 and 2010-11, the sectors reporting a growth rate of more than 15% were manufacturing (23.30%), construction (19.61%), communications (27.23%) and trade, hotels and restaurants (20.22%).

The survey report indicated a phenomenal fivefold increase in registration of new vehicles from 80,000 during 2005-06 to 3.87 lakh during 2010-11. Similarly, the number of mobile phone connections in the state increased to 4.48 crore in 2010-11 compared to 42.14 lakh in 2005-06.

The report also highlighted steady upward trend in per capita development expenditure (PCDE) during 2001-02 to 2010-11. From Rs 930 in 2001-02, the PCDE went up to Rs 3,467 in 2010-11, implying an annual growth rate of 17%. During the period, the country's PCDE grew at an annual rate of 13.6%. "The share of social sector spending in the total budget of Bihar increased from 18.9% in 2001-02 to 31.9% in 2010-11," Modi said.

"There are, in all, 36 large-scale units in Bihar besides six such units under the central sector. A total of 1.89 lakh medium, small and micro units were set up in the state till December 2011, an increase of around 60% over the year 2000. The highest increase of about 62% was noticeable in tiny and micro sector followed by 58% in artisan-based units. The State Investment Promotion Board has approved 603 proposals till date involving an investment of over Rs 2.48 lakh crore and employment to 1.85 lakh persons," the report said.

On the power front, however, the situation remains critical. Bihar has the lowest annual per capita consumption of electricity at 122.11 kWh against the national average of 778.71 kWh. Up to January last, a total of 17,363 villages and 19.67 lakh BPL families were connected to the grid under the Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification Scheme, the report said.

BOOM CONTINUES

Growth rate: 14.8%

Per capita income: Rs 16592

Mobile phone connections: 4.48 crore

Vehicles registered: 3.87 lakh

Literacy rate: 63.8%

Road length increase: 119%

Villages electrified: 17,363
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Patna airport No.1 in passenger traffic growth

PATNA: For the second straight year, Patna airport has emerged No.1 among 46 airports in the country in terms of growth of domestic aircraft movement and number of passengers, says Bihar's economic survey 2011-12.

According to the survey, tabled in the state assembly Wednesday, Patna airport overtook the airports of Port Blir, Varanasi, Vadodra, Raipur, Agratala, Chandigarh and Madurai in terms of total number of passengers for domestic flights in 2010-11.

"The number of domestic passengers jumped from 1.76 lakh in 2004-5 to 8.38 lakh in 2010-11. Till August last year, the movement of approximately 7.7 lakh passengers was recorded" the report said.

In 2009-10, the Patna airport had handled a total of 5,52,440 passengers. It had had registered a growth of 42.2 per cent in terms of passengers' flow in 2009-10, which was also highest in the country.

The report further said that freight movement through Patna airport had increased by 68 percent since 2004-5. In 2004-5, the freight movement was recorded at 1,035 tonnes. It increased to 3,279 tones in 2010-11 and to 5,865 tonnes by August 2011.

"The unprecedented growth in traffic at Patna airport was achieved despite the fact that the Airport Authority of India has declared it dangerous due to its short runway' the report said.

Last year, the Airport Authority of India had said that Patna airport handled 5,52,542 domestic passengers in 2009-10, which was 60.4 per cent more than the corresponding figure of 3,44,446 for 2008-09. Amritsar airport with a domestic passenger growth rate of 51.8 percent during this period stood second followed by Dibrugarh with a corresponding figure of 47.4 percent growth.
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If its true, its good news. However, my feeling is that there can be even international flights particularly to the Gulf/USA. Also, the GoB needs to look at smaller town aviation. Delhi-Gaya, Delhi-Bhagalpur also needs to be looked at.
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Cool ride awaits tourists

Patna, Feb. 22: Tourists traveling to Bodhgaya from the state capital would soon be able to cover the distance in swanky air-conditioned buses.

The Bihar State Tourism Development Corporation (BSTDC) has selected Mahindra Logistics Limited to operate a bus each for the up and down trips along the route. The corporation has also issued the work order and the commuters can expect these buses to be on the road in April.

“We have selected a firm that would run two AC deluxe buses on the Patna-Bodhgaya route. The firm has been given a month’s time to procure and deliver the buses,” said D.K. Shukla, the managing director of BSTDC.

The corporation had invited intending operators in the first week of December last year for running daily AC luxury buses on Patna-Bodhgaya and Patna-Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve (VTR) routes. “Mahindra Logistics Ltd would provide two 40-seater AC buses for operation on the Patna-Bodhgaya route. The buses would operate in a public-private-partnership mode,” said Shailendra Kumar, the general manager of BSTDC.

Once the new buses become operational, the tourists would be able to book tickets from the counter at BSTDC’s headquarters at hotel Kautilya Vihar on Buddha Marg in the state capital.

At present, four Volvo buses of BSTDC operate on two routes — Patna-Purnia and Patna-Ranchi. These buses also also start from the BSTDC headquarters.

Luxury buses apart, BSTDC has been successfully running four 35 seater (2/2) non-AC tourist buses on the Patna-Bodhgaya route since 1996. Two buses in the up and as many in the down trips cover the distance of about 110km between Patna and Bodhgaya in nearly four hours.

The buses leave Patna at 7am and 2pm daily. According to recent surveys, around 60 per cent of the international tourists comingto the state travel along the Patna-Bodhgaya and Rajgir-Nalanda routes.

Besides the Patna-Bodhgaya route apart, the corporation seems to be facing a tough time in finding operators for running similar luxury buses between other tourism destinations in the state.

“For some reason or the other, the corporation is not getting operators willing to run luxury buses on other tourism-based routes in the state including Patna-VTR, Patna-Nalanda-Rajgir and Patna-Kaimur among others. One of the reasons, sources said, is apprehen-sion of the operators about generation of sufficient revenue from based operations of buses,”a BSTDC official said.

He added: “If no operator shows interest in running buses on other routes, then the corporation may buy chassis from the manufacturer and get the body assembled on its own.”
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If operators are unwilling, the government can look at subsidising operations. When all is said and done, a cash-strapped state like Bihar needs every bit of capital and tourism promotion is a must.
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Bihar to announce park protection policy soon

PATNA: The Bihar government would soon announce its new policy for the development and protection of parks, said urban development minister Prem Kumar in the legislative council during pre-lunch session on Wednesday.

Replying to a question of Basudeo Singh of the CPM, the minister said that this proposed policy would come into force in the 2012-13 financial year. The government is committed to develop and protect parks located in various parts of the state, he said.

The minister said that the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam has developed six parks, including those at S K Nagar, S K Puri, Kankerbagh and Rajbansinagar, at an estimated cost of Rs 7 crore. Soon after the new policy comes into force, all such parks in the state would be properly developed, Kumar said.

Ruling party member Mahachandra Prasad Singh, while intervening during the minister's reply, said that the park at S K Nagar is closed. This park is yet to be handed over to the PMC for its maintenance. This park is totally in a bad shape, he said.

To another question, the minister said that the government has also decided to develop 28 towns in the state. The government is in the process of preparing a detailed project report in this regard, Kumar said.
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