Bihar Current Affairs: April 2021

Bihar to face the highest burden in Vaccination
• According to India Rating and Research (Ind-Ra) India will have to
shell out Rs. 67,193 Crores to vaccinate all individuals above 18 years of
age which is 0.36% of the total GDP of the country.
• India has 84.19 Crore individuals who are above the age of 18 and
are eligible for vaccination under the latest rules.
• It will cost the Central government Rs 20,870 Crores of the total
cost of Vaccination which is around 0.12% of the GDP while the state
governments will spend Rs 46,323 Crores which is around 0.24% of the
• Among the States the highest burden of Vaccination will fall on the
Bihar government which will spend 0.6% of the total Gross State
Domestic Product, followed by Uttar Pradesh at 0.47% and Jharkhand at
0.37% of GSDP.
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Mewalal Chaudhry (Former Education Minister in Bihar) passed away
• Mewalal Chaudhary who was an MLA and the former Education
Minister of Bihar passed away due to COVID-19. He was born on 4 Jan
1953 in Munger district of Bihar.
• He was aged 68 and undergoing treatment in Patna, Bihar.
• He was affiliated to Janta Dal (United) Party and was elected MLA
from Tarapur constituency. He was removed from the post of Education
Minister of the State when his name cropped up in various Corruption
cases of recruitment of College teachers.
National Climate Vulnerability Assessment
• According to a report “Climate Vulnerability Assessment for
Adaptation Planning in India using a Common Framework” which is
released by the Department of Science and technology, Bihar and &
other Eastern States of India have fallen to the category of “Highly
Vulnerable to Climate Change”.
• Apart from Bihar the other 7 states are: Mizoram, Odisha, Assam,
Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, and Arunachal Pradesh.
• Bihar, Jharkhand, and Assam have 60% of their district in the the
category of Highly Vulnerable Districts.
• The report has been jointly prepared by Department of Science
and Technology, IISc Bengaluru, Swiss agency for Development and Cooperation,
Indian Institute of Technology Mandi, and Indian Institute of
Technology Guwahati. The report was released by the secretary of DST,
Professor Ashutosh Sharma.
Bihar to be the first State in India to have 2 Green Energy Efficient
• The two towns of Bihar State, Rajgir and Bodhgaya will get Solar
Energy through first of its kind Renewable Energy Project from 2023.
This will make Bihar the 1st state in the country to have 2 towns which
are Green Energy Efficient.
• The Green Energy Supply through Solar Infrastructure will be
developed and supplied by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.
• The state government will construct 500 MW Solar Energy plants
at Lakisarai and Bhagalpur to implement the Project.
• Under the program, after the two towns of Rajgir and Bodhgaya
become Green Energy efficient, government offices like Governor House,
High Court of Patna etc will also run on the Green Energy to be supplied
by Solar Energy Corporation of India.
About Solar Energy Corporation of India
• It is a central public sector undertaking which is under the control
of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
• SECI was set up in 2011.
• Originally dedicated to Solar Energy sector the CPSU’s mandate
has been increased to cover the entire renewable energy sector

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