Bihar cabinet clears Rs 1,100 crore for power distribution network

By Times Of India on 09 Nov 2017
PATNA: The State cabinet on Tuesday sanctioned Rs1,097.21 crore to Bihar State Power Transmission Company Limited for strengthening its transmission network to meet total power demand by 2021-22. Funds to the tune of Rs253 crore were also sanctioned for expansion and of power transmission network in Patna and its neighbouring areas.

The government also increased the honorarium paid to contractual agricultural coordinators from Rs15,000 to Rs32,000 per month with effect from April 1 this year. There are 2745 agriculture coordinators against the 4,391 sanctioned posts.

The general administration department's proposal was also cleared to form a panel comprising retired state government officials of deputy secretary and joint secretary rank to undertake departmental proceedings against serving officers.

"If the panel comprises a retired deputy secretary rank person and completes departmental proceedings in four months, s/he will be paid Rs36,000 per month. A retired joint secretary rank person will get Rs45,000 per month for the same. The amount will vary for different time frame. Besides, Rs15,000 will be paid as monthly travel allowance during the tenure of the panel," cabinet coordination department principal secretary Brijesh Mehrotra said.

The cabinet also cleared state industries department proposal to wave off stamp duty amounting to Rs216 crore for leasing out 480 acre land of closed Barauni fertilizer plant belonging to Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Ltd to Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Ltd for a period of 55 years for its revival.

According to sources, the Barauni fertilizer plant has been closed since 1999. The Union cabinet on July 13 last year approved plans for its revival, along with that of Sindri and Gorakhpur unit of the Fertilizer Corporation of India through a special purpose vehicle (SPV) of the NTPC, Coal India Limited and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for setting up a gas-based ammonia-urea plant of 1.27MTPA capacity each at an estimated cost of Rs6,000 crore each.