ARARIA/ PATNA: Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Monday launched 478 developmental schemes in Araria district worth Rs 727.93 crore.
Addressing a public meet on the premises of Araria College here on the third day of his sixth phase of ‘Jal Jivan Hariyali Yatra’, Nitish announced that an engineering college, which is under construction, will be named after famous Hindi littérateur Phanishwar Nath Renu.. “I had met Renu Ji during my student days and ave learnt a lot from his literature and other writings,” the CM said.
Deliberating on the importance of clean air and water, Nitish said that people can get rid of 90% of the diseases if they have access to clean water. Emphasizing on the need to adapt renewable sources of energy, Nitish said that after installing solar panels on all government buildings, common people will be asked to install solar panels on their houses as well.
The CM also asked people to turn up in a large number for the human chain being organised by the state government on January 19 for spreading awareness on ‘Jal, Jivan, Hariyali’, liquor prohibition, anti-dowry and child labour.
“Four crore people had joined hands across the state to form the first human chain organised by the state government to spread awareness on prohibition on January 21, 2017. Later, a 14,000km long human chain was organised on January 21, 2018 to spread awareness about the evils of child marriage and dowry. We are again organizing a human chain on January 19 o spread awareness on all such issues,” Nitish said.
Addressing another public meeting at Supaul later in the day, Nitish spoke on the harmful effect of stubble burning.
“Apart from air pollution, burning stubble also affects the crop yield and capacity of soil in agricultural fields. Crop residual management has been made a component of JJH. Researches are being done by scientists from four institutes to suggest ways for change in crop cycle as per the changing weather,” he said.