The three most prosperous districts in Bihar are Patna, Begusarai and Munger. As a result of the ranking of the 38 districts of the state for per capita GSDP in 2020-21 emerged the three most prosperous districts: Patna (1,15,239) Begusarai (45,497) and Munger (42,793).
This is one of the findings of the Bihar Economic Survey tabled in the both the Houses of the state legislature on Monday. The state Finance Minister Bijay Kumar Chaoudhary tabled the 604-page report. This time, the Bihar government has presented its 17th Economic Survey of Bihar 2022-23 which has 14 chapters.
In the present survey, there is a new chapter on E-governance which describes different e-governance initiatives of the state government.
The Bihar economy posted a strong recovery in 2021-22. According to quick estimate, Gross Staye Domestic Product (GSDP) at constant prices recorded a robust growth of 10.98 percent. The national growth rate was 8.68 percent in 2021-22, survey report said.
The total expenditure by the state government was 1.93 lakh crore in 2021-22. Out of this, Rs 1.59 lakh crore (82.4 per cent) was the revenue expenditure and Rs 0.34 lakh crore (17.6 per cent) was the capital expenditure.
The report further said that under the Bihar investment promotion policy 2016, the state government has received proposals for investment worth Rs 60.86 thousand crore in the last six years. Currently 398 units are working in Bihar and the total amount invested in these working units is Rs 3.39 thousand crore. The highest amount of investment has taken place in food processing (Rs 1395.65 crore) which accounted for 41 per cent of the total investment in the state.
The state government has announced the start up policy 2022and till January 2023, the state government has spent Rs 4.01 crore to encourage state up.
The report further said that there was a significant improvement in the projected peak demand for power from 4965 MW in 2017-18 to 6475 MW in 2021-22, implying a growth of more than 30.4 per cent in four years. The per capita consumption of energy in the state has risen from 280kwh in 2017-18 to 329kwh in 2021-22 implying a growth of 17.5 per cent in four years.
The out of school children (00SC) still remain a major concern for the state government. In 2020-21 a total of 1.12 lakh children OOSC in the age group of 6-13 years were mainstreamed. For 2021-22, the figure was 2.94 lakh 00SCs.
In Bihar, all production, importation, stockings distribution, sale and use of the single use plastics had been prohibited in the state since July1, 2022, the report said. In 2021-22 a total of 388.97 lakh plants were planted under the “Mission 5.0 crore Plantation Campaign” of the Jal Jivan Hariyali Abhiyan.