Bihar recorded a growth of 10.5 per cent in 2019-20, more than double the growth rate of the Indian economy that stood at 4.2 per cent, according to the Bihar Economic Survey 2020-21.
All 149 government-owned Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in Bihar will be upgraded as Centres of Excellence in partnership with Tata Technologies, a subsidiary of Tata Motors.
Seventeen new ministers were inducted in Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s cabinet on Tuesday taking the total number to 31. BJP, which is the largest party among the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the state, got nine berths, while Janata Dal (United) got eight.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has decided to boost expenditure, especially on healthcare, infrastructure and rural development in order to re-energise the Covid-hit economy. Outlay for healthcare and well-being has been increased by a whopping 137 per cent to Rs.2.24 lakh crore.
Online schooling took off in a big way during the Covid-19 pandemic. The percentage of enrolled children from government and private schools owning a smartphone increased from 36.5 per cent in 2018 to 61.8 per cent in 2020 in rural India, as per ASER 2020 report.
Ravi Shankar is a sales and marketing expert with 34 years of experience in leadership position with big firms. He has handled several interesting and challenging assignments for Philips. He served as National Sales Manager with Philips India Ltd. Was Business Head – Rural Sales at Philips Electronics India Ltd.
He executed Mukhya Mantri Mahadalit Radio Yojana, the biggest CSR-cum-Rural project in Bihar. Under this one of the pet projects of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, 2.1 million radios were distributed among poorest section (Mahadalits). The project was aimed at improving the vocabulary and making weakest section of the society aware of the Government projects and development initiatives meant for them. He as also handled vocational training initiatives for Mahadalits in Bihar.
Ravi Shankar is widely travelled in India and abroad. He holds Master of Arts in History form University of Delhi.