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Narendra Modi's Gujarat beaten by Bihar economy, which clocks 11.95% annual growth

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Bihar clocks 11.95% annual growth during 11th Plan: Sushil Kumar Modi. (Reuters) Bihar clocks 11.95% annual growth during 11th Plan: Sushil Kumar Modi. (Reuters)
SummaryPer capita income of Bihar is Rs 25,653 as against Rs 60,972 for All India in 2011-12.

India comes to Bihar to visit historic sites. The number of foreign tourists recorded more than four fold increase in 2011 (7.95 lakh) over 2007 (1.77 lakh)," he added.

Total road length in Bihar works out to 1.40 lakh km of which length of rural roads is 1.23 lakh km, he said adding under 'Mukhyamantri Setu Nirman Yojna', a total number of 3140 bridges have been completed till date.

Modi said by the end of 2011-12, Bihar had around 46 million telephone connections of which mobile phones had a share of over 98 per cent, with private operators playing a big role.

In the health sector, total fertility rate (TFR) in Bihar decreased from 4.2 children in 2006 (highest in the country) to 3.7 children in 2010, showing a drop of 0.5 per children, he said.

The average number of patients visiting government hospitals per month has increased to 9,317 in 2011 from 3,077 in 2007. The bed occupancy rates have also risen from 226 per cent in 2009-10 to 77.1 per cent in 2011-12, he added.

In the field of education, the dropout rates at primary level decreased to 39.3 per cent in 2010-11 from 46.1 per cent in 2006-07. At the upper primary stage, it decreased to 55.1 per cent in 2010-11 from 61.8 per cent in 2006-07, he said adding the SC and ST dropout rates also decreased steadily.

The state government had an outstanding debt of Rs 4,475 crore in 2007-08 equalling 39 per cent of its GSDP. By 2011-12, the debt-GSDP metric had declined substantially to 24 per cent, the Bihar Finance minister said.

He said there has been some regional disparities among districts of the state in terms of development.

While Patna, Saran and Nalanda are relatively prosperous, Khagaria, Sheohar and Lakhisarai are relatively backward, he said quoting from Economic survey.

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