Governor’s speech: ‘Bihar committed to development with justice, zero tolerance on corruption’

Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar on Monday said the state government’s commitment to “good governance” is reflected through its quest for justice, peaceful social order and development with zero tolerance towards corruption.

Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar addressed during the budget session on Monday.  (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar addressed during the budget session on Monday. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)

Arlekar, who took oath as governor earlier this month, was addressing a joint meeting of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council on the first day of the budget session.

Highlighting the achievements of the government in various sectors, the governor said that despite the decline in the intensity of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state is still ramping up testing.

The Governor said that the ongoing exercise for caste-based survey in the State is an extension of the mantra of “development with justice” to ensure inclusive development.

“The number of Covid-19 tests per 10 lakh population in Bihar was 8.41 lakh, while the national average is 6.65 lakh. Bihar has administered 15.72 crore vaccinations and is the only state to give Apart from this, 4 lakhs will be given to the family of Covid victims. 50,000 central assistance,” he said.

The Governor said that establishment of rule of law and zero tolerance towards corruption has been the topmost priority of the State Government to ensure hassle free life to the general public. “There is a comprehensive plan for police strengthening and 75,463 additional posts have been created. Police lines, police station buildings and outposts are being constructed on a large scale at an estimated cost of Rs. 875 crores in the financial year 2022-23. To speed up the investigation on a large scale, the government plans to set up forensic science laboratories in 12 mandals.

Arlekar said that in 2022, the Vigilance Investigation Bureau and Special Vigilance Units registered 85 cases, including 52 trap cases and 29 disproportionate assets cases. “Besides, charge sheet has been submitted in 86 cases under investigation. Vigilance cells have been set up at the district level to prevent corruption and misuse of government funds.

The governor said that to enforce prohibition, the government had launched a campaign against the smuggling and sale of illicit liquor and in 2022, 2,611 arrests were made, including 115 big businessmen. Take advantage of the Permanent Livelihood Scheme for alternative livelihood,” he said.

Outlining the benefits to the public from the government’s ‘seven resolutions’, he said tap water has reached almost everyone, road connectivity to slums is progressing at a good pace and the student credit card scheme is bigger than the Kushal Yuva Yojana. numbers have been benefitted. Youth. “The focus is on ensuring water at an estimated cost to every farm and the schemes 6504 crore has been selected. Solar lighting scheme is also under implementation,” he said.

The Governor said that keeping in view the benefits to the farmers and increase in production, the fourth agricultural roadmap will be launched after consulting the farmers and experts. “Development of infrastructure has been the focus of the government, which is evident through a wide network of roads and bridges across the state.”

Leader of the Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha, however, said the Governor’s speech as written by the government was a pack of lies and far removed from the ground reality. “In the last six months, the speed with which the state has declined, the crime graph has risen 2.5 times and liquor smuggling has tripled, has alarmed people, who fear a repeat of the 1990s. Are. This is evident from the way attacks on the police have increased. This government has thwarted infrastructure development by delaying land acquisition for AIIMS (Darbhanga), airports, national highways and other important projects.

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