Bihar Govt brings out detailed Economic Survey for 2006-07

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Patna, Oct 10 (UNI) Chief Economic Advisor of the Union Government Arvind Virmani today suggested the Bihar government to provide an 'analytical view' of its performances while undertaking special initiatives to provide a transparent and sustainable fiscal mangement.

Speaking at the inauguration of a day long national workshop on ''Bihar Economic Survey Apprisal and Improvements'' here following the release of the second annual Economic Survey of the state (2006-07), Dr Virmani, also the member of the Planning Commission, felt that it was absolutely necessary to prepare authenticated records and data at every level of the government and maintain them scientifically to help prepare the economists a valuable guideline for 'sustainable economic growth of the state'.

''It is not the case of Bihar alone, but all state government and the concerned authorities should think over it,'' he said and urged them to clearly define the role of each government department so that they could focus on various issues on priority basis.

Referring to the need for having analytical views in terms of dealing with each sector and preparing an action plan for them, Dr Virmani in his opening remarks called upon the concerned authorities including those in Bihar, to maintain authentic records at all level.

The workshop which was attended by more than 50 noted economists and experts of various other fields socio-economic stratas from all over the country,was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in presence of Deputy Chief minister cum Finance Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Dr S C Jha, Chairman, Task Force on Bihar, Government of India, and Chief Secretary, Bihar, A K Chowdhury among others.

Former member Planning Commission and Deputy Chiarman Bihar Planning Board N K Singh Presided over the inaugural session of the workshop, organised jointly by the Bihar government and the city based Asian Development Research Institute(ADRI).

Inaugurating the Workshop Chief Minister Nitish Kumar welcomed the suggestions of Dr Virmani and Dr Jha towards further improving the economic governance of the state and underlined a number of forward looking steps undertaken by his government to put Bihar once again on the 'path of rapid economic progress'.

''Since assuming office about 22 months ago, we have initiated a number of path-breaking measures in the fields of agriculture, education for all, healthcare and development of infrastructures like roads and bridges,'' the Chief minister said and urged the people ''not to be cynic about Bihar any more in view of its past records, but recognise its silent but speedy all round socio-economic growth''.

He said Bihar which still faced with many hurdles was now determined to shrug off its past image and had accordingly increased its Planned allocation for the current financial year by more than 40 per cent to Rs 10,300 crore from Rs 8457 crores of last year.

''If necessary we might increase the figure further,'' he stated.

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