Thursday, April 21, 2011

Some positive stories from Bihar-News Digest

Bihar to set up dolphin conservation task force

Bihar has decided to set up a task force for conservation of the endangered Gangetic river dolphins, an official said Thursday.
Mithilesh Kumar, member secretary of the state wildlife board, said a task force headed by wild life expert R.K. Sinha would be constituted soon.‘The state government is serious about the conservation of Gangetic dolphins. A task force is a move in this direction,’ Kumar told IANS here. Sinha is an expert on the species and also chairman of the working group for dolphin conservation set up by the central government.The Gangetic dolphin is India’s national aquatic animal, but frequently falls prey to poachers in the state. Their carcasses are found regularly on the banks of the river. Ganges river dolphins are being killed at an alarming rate in Bihar. Wildlife officials say poachers kill them for flesh and oils. read more here

Bihar has also pipped UP and the rest of India on the asset declaration front.

Interestingly, apart from most other developmental parameters, Bihar has also pipped UP and the rest of India on the asset declaration front.

The state leads the country in putting asset declarations of all bureaucrats and ministers, including that of chief minister Nitish Kumar, in the public domain. Read more here

Transparency International (TI) has hailed Bihar government for ensuring time-bound service to citizens.

TI vice-chairman S K Aggarwal said, "Delhi CM promised to have service-level agreements long ago, but no officer has been fined under it yet because the law has not been notified. In UP, the governor has just signed it. Bihar has the best system since it is linked to information technology, which helps in monitoring appeals. There are also provisions like online RTI and seizure of property of errant officials. MP has an appellate authority." Read More here

AAI keen on expansion of Patna airport

Buoyed by unprecedented growth in air traffic at the city's Jaya Prakash Narayan International airport (JPNI) in the last couple of years, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is working out strategies to better tap the growing flying capacity of people from Bihar. Read More here

Bihar babu who put his dept back on track gets PM award

No wonder, then, that though he is the only winner in the individual achievement category this year, Pratyaya is quick to say, “It (the award) is a recognition for the work that is happening in Bihar today, and it will send a positive message to many people, especially to those investors who are interested but are still not too sure about the state....” He adds: “It is about the 500 employees of the Bihar Pul Raj Nirman Nigam (BRPNN) coming together and working to make it a success, cutting across caste lines.” Read more here..

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