CM Declares Bihar Households Fully Electrified

Nitish Kumar at a function to mark the foundation day of the Bihar State Power Holding Company in Patna on Thursday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, during a function to mark the foundation day of the Bihar State Power Holding Company (BSPHC) in Patna on Thursday, declared achieving 100% household electrification in Bihar, a milestone reached ahead of its December 31 deadline.

Kumar said that Bihar has attained the honor of electrifying all 1.39 crore households in the state two months ahead of the Dec. 31 deadline set by his own government under the 'Har Ghar Bijli' – part of the Chief Minister's so-called 'Seven Resolutions'.

"Children in Bihar villages no longer have to be afraid of stepping out of their homes in night as there is electricity everywhere. However, our work is not complete yet as now we have to shift our attention towards installing separate power feeders for the farming sector and replacing all worn out electricity wires and cables," he said.

Officials said Bihar said that by meeting and, in fact, beating the deadline set by the Modi government at the Center makes Bihar eligible for various incentives and award from the Central government including an award of Rs 100 crore that will likely be used for improving power infrastructure in the state. Furthermore, the power distribution companies in the state are also now eligible to get Rs 50 lakh for disbursement among their employees, officials said. The nature of distribution of the award amount among the employees will be decided by the principal secretary of energy department.

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