16 November 2016 Current Affairs: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has launched a key programme to provide free electricity connection to about 50 lakh households above the poverty line.
The chief minister launched "Har Ghar Bijli Lagataar" programme, which was key development thrust for the Assembly polls, at an event here. It aims to supply power to every household in Bihar in the next two years.
Providing power connection to every household is an important component of Kumars "seven resolves". The same was adopted by the grand secular alliance government in the state as "policy of good governance" for the next five years.
As part of the programme, nearly 50 lakh households above the poverty line, but deprived of power will get electricity connection free. BPL families are already covered in the rural electrification programme.
An amount of Rs 1857.5 crore has been set aside by the state government for this purpose, the chief minister said, adding the state was undertaking the "herculean task" on its own by drawing loan from the Asian Development Bank.
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