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Renewable energy scheme gets state cabinet's approval in Bihar
The state cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal of energy department under Chief Minister's New and Renewable Energy Scheme for installation of 3,000 solar pumps and one kilowatt offgrid power plants on residential and commercial buildings.
Principal secretary (cabinet secretariat) Brajesh Mehrotra said the cabinet OK'd a grant of Rs 114.53 crore to Bihar Renewable Energy Development Authority (BREDA) for carrying out the work. Altogether 18 proposals on the agenda were approved by the cabinet meeting chaired by CM Nitish Kumar.
Keeping in mind the security of Patna high court, the cabinet also approved creation of a separate post of DSP. It also approved the proposal to upgrade Harnaut in Nalanda district, the CM's home district, as a nagar panchayat.
It also approved a subsidy of Rs 589.62 crore and release of funds to the tune of Rs 462.98 crore for the food processing industry under the industrial promotion policy. This approval was made for the current financial year.
The cabinet also gave its nod to the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe welfare department's proposal for the construction of four residential high schools with a capacity of 560 each and three hostels with a capacity to accommodate 200 students each. The building construction department would carry out the construction work, for which Rs 17.55 crore has been approved for each residential school and Rs 7.38 crore for each hostel.
It also gave nod to the education department's proposal to release the Centre's share of Rs 45 crore and state share of Rs 30 crore for carrying out various schemes under Sakshar Bharat Mission, with the condition that funds would be released as per the release of funds by the Centre. It also approved state share of Rs 670 crore and Centre's share of Rs 1,500 crore for the mid-day meal scheme for the current financial year, with the same condition.