Special budget provisions for Chhath festival from 2010



Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said he would make special provisions in the financial calendar for the Chhath festival--a festival to offer obeisance to Sun God, in Bihar, from next year.

Kumar, who reviewed the preparations for the festival on October 24 and October 25 in Bihar, said a separate calendars for preparations of the festival would be effective from 2010 and special budgetary allocations would be ensured to the state Urban Development department for the purpose.

The meeting was attended, among others by, deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Health Minister Nand Kishore Yadav.

Kumar took stock of the progress of constructions of ghats on the banks of river Ganga in Patna, roads leading to the ghats, cleanliness, lighting arrangements and other related preparations for the festival.

Large number of worshipers were expected to come to the ghats for offering prayers on the occasion, he said.

Cautioning the officials against any laxity on their (officials) part in connection with the preparations, he said the ghats must be spruced up and ready much before the festival. He asked the officials to inspect each ghat personally right from the eastern end of Patna to Digha.

Bureau Report