Fiscal discipline tops Chhattisgarh agenda

In a move aimed at maintaining fiscal discipline, the finance department had dropped most of the proposals submitted by various departments for inclusion in the second supplementary demands.

The state government is likely to present the second supplementary demand for grants for 2010-11 on the second day of the assembly session starting Monday. The size of the supplementary demands had been limited to Rs 1100-1200 crore.

NTPC signs power purchase agreement for Lara and Barethi projects

NTPC Ltd said it has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Madhya Pradesh State Power Trading Company Ltd for sale of power from its upcoming power stations, Lara Super Thermal Power Project in Chhattisgarh and Barethi Super Thermal Power Project in the state.

Lara and Barethi Power Stations shall have an installed capacity of 4,000MW and 3,960MW, respectively. These projects are for the 12th plan and are expected to complete by 2017.

On Monday, NTPC rose 1.58% to Rs179.55 on the Bombay Stock Exchange, while the benchmark Sensex closed 1.38% up at 19,400.27 points.

Biotic stress management institute to come up in Chhattisgarh

The Union Government has given its consent to set up National Institute of Biotic Stress Management (NIBSM) in Chhattisgarh.

“Many states were in the race to get the project and the Union Government gave its consent to set up the institute in Chhattisgarh,” state's agriculture minister Chandrashekhar Sahu said

“This will be the first institute to address the impact of biotic stresses and harness potentials of emerging tools of biotechnology in agriculture," Sahu said.

Rs 3,300 cr plan for Maoist zones

Govt unveils Rs 3,300 cr plan for Naxal areas

The Centre cleared an ambitious plan on Friday to give Rs 3,300 crore directly to 60 Naxal-affected districts to create basic facilities for the millions living on the fringes of existence and try to make up for decades of alienation and misgovernance. Home Minister P. Chidambaram said Rs 25 crore

was being sent to each of the 60 districts for the next four months, and another Rs 30 crore next year to build facilities such as schools, health care centres, roads, and improve food distribution.

India unveils Rs 3,300 cr plan for naxalite hit districts

Govt unveils Rs 3,300 cr plan for Naxal areas

India has unveiled a Rs 3300 Cr plan for development in 60 naxalite affected tribal and backward districts in nine states. Under the Integrated Action Plan (IAP), the move will address the healthcare, drinking water, education and roads. The IAP would be given as an additional central assistance scheme on 100 percent grant basis to be implemented in two years.

Chhattisgarh asks officers to shun public functions

Raipur, Nov 26 (IANS) In a strongly-worded circular, Chhattisgarh's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has asked officers of all ranks to avoid public functions to gain personal publicity.

In a circular sent by the general administration department to divisional commissioners, district collectors and chief executive officers of the district panchayats, the government has said no official should attend public functions as chief or special guest or preside over such functions.

Chhattisgarh to get 2000 MW power from NTPC project

IANS reported that Chhattisgarh signed a power purchase agreement with India largest power producer, the National Thermal Power Corporation to get 50% power from its upcoming 4,000 MW coal-fired power plant.

Chhattisgarh will get 2,000 MW at INR.2.59 per unit from NTPC coal fired project that will come up at Lara village in the state's northern coal abundant Raigarh district.

NTPC adds 500 MW unit in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Nov 26 (IANS) The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), India's largest power producer, has added a 500 MW coal-fired unit at Korba in Chhattisgarh, a company statement said Friday.

'The new 500-MW unit of NTPC's Korba super thermal power station in Chhattisgarh has been synchronised with the grid,' the statement said.

The Korba project of NTPC, based some 240 km north of capital Raipur, already has three units of 200 MW each in Stage-I and three units of 500 MW each in Stage-II.

Export of natural resources a crime: Raman Singh

Raipur, Nov 25 (IANS) Export of natural resources is a crime and should be banned as early as possible, Raman Singh, chief minister of Chhattisgarh - one of India's most mineral-rich states - said Thursday.

'Exporting natural resources outside the country comes under category of a national crime and it should be banned,' an official press statement quoted Singh as saying.