| Governor DY Patil during a guard of honour on Republic Day at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. Picture by Ranjeet Kumar Dey |
Governor D.Y. Patil highlighted the achievements of the state government in his Republic Day speech at Gandhi Maidan on Sunday.
The governor stressed that the state government had established the rule of law and strengthened policing. Delivering the speech, traditionally approved by the state cabinet, Patil said around 87,000 criminals had been convicted in the state.
Highlighting the government’s “zero tolerance” towards corruption, Patil pointed towards the series of raids conducted by the economic offences wing and the acquisition of property from corrupt public servants.
He also emphasised on the economic growth the state government achieved. “Within a span of eight years, the plan size of the state has increased from Rs 4,000 crore to Rs 34,000 crore. The size of the budget in 2013-14 is Rs 92,000 crore,” he said.
Patil said the government had given special impetus to education for the deprived sections of the society. He claimed that there had been a sharp rise in the registration of children in the government schools.
“There has been unprecedented success of schemes like distribution of bicycles, uniforms and stipend among schoolchildren. From this year, the government-aided schools would also benefit from the schemes,” he said.
The governor promised to convert a few selected colleges into centres of excellence and stressed that steps had been taken for the appointment of quality teachers and vice-chancellors in the universities.
Claiming that primary health centres and district hospitals were equipped with basic health facilities, he said the state was moving towards building infrastructure for super-speciality treatment. He also announced that Bihar had become polio free.
Speaking on the development of roads, he said: “Steps have been taken for connecting villages having population up to 250 with all weather roads.” Around 12,000 small and large bridges had been constructed, he added.
On the power front, Patil said the availability of energy had doubled. He said the government was working on a Rs 9,200-crore project for improving the distribution and transmission of power. He pointed out that Kanti Thermal Plant had started producing 110MW.
He also spoke on the government’s resolve to improve the agriculture sector.