Bihar poised for impressive economic growth: Modi

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Patna, Feb 23 (UNI) A record 16 per cent Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) was registered in Bihar during the fiscal 2006-07 indicating the state had striven for ''unprecedented economic growth'' in the post-independence era.

Quoting the Economic Survey of Bihar for 2006-07, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who also holds the Finance portfolio, told reporters last evening that average per capita small savings was Rs 264 in 2005-06 while it was Rs 191 in 2006-07.

According to the figures available, per capita small savings was highest in Patna (Rs 675) while it was lowest in Araria (Rs 51), he said, adding that it was an indication that south Bihar districts were more prosperous in comparison to north Bihar districts.

Mr Modi said steps had been taken to introduce ''e-governance'' in the state to provide ''inclusive'' and ''transparent'' governance and it would also help in checking corruption.

''The Information Technology department was created in April, 2007, while the Bihar State Wide Area Network (BISWAN) project was awarded to TCS, a leading software company, to establish electronic communication between various districts and blocks in the state at the cost of Rs 256 crore,'' he added.

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