New Delhi: In what can be seen as the lackadaisical attitude of the Bihar government that despite huge investments for rural development projects, various schemes are running in a deplorable state.  The development projects being implemented in villages are in poor conditions despite heavy investment made by the state government, reveals the state advisory report.

According to the report, in the year 2009-10, over 1,09,800 houses were to be constructed under the Indira Awas Yojana for poor, but only 30,800 houses have been constructed so far. The Central government has allocated Rs 8,495 crore for Indira Awas Yojana. Under this plan, Bihar alone gets Rs 2240 crores, which comprises 26 per cent of the total amount. During inspection of the ongoing construction work, reports of corruption came into light.

As per the reports, there has been satisfactory response for the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan. In nearly 98 percent of the villages, there are primary schools within a radius of one kilometer. Still, 1457 villages are devoid of schools. Also, the dropout percentage of students is still high in Bihar. At primary level, it is 51 percent which is much more than the national drop out level of 26 per cent.

Moreover, reports reveal that Bihar had done minimum expenditure under the National Drinking Water Mission. Out of Rs 425 crores provided by the Centre, Bihar government has only invested Rs 165 crores in this project.

Worrisome figures related to power generation and supply has also come to light. Small towns are getting electricity for less than 10 hours a day.

The state is also lagging behind in giving employment under MNREGA.  Instead of 100 days of employment, villagers are getting employment for merely 26 days.

Not leaving behind Complete Sanitation Mission for which the Centre alloted Rs 1976 crores in 2005-10, only 20.54 per cent of amount has been used in the project.

JPN/Bureau