Bihar CM announces 11% DA hike for government employees, pensioners – Times of India

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday announced an 11 per cent hike in costly allowances for state government employees and pensioners from July 1. , Kumar DA announced an increase from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.

“The finance department will soon issue a notification to increase the costly allowances of state government employees and pensioners,” Kumar said after hoisting the Teranga at Gandhi Maidan here.

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The Chief Minister further said that the state government’s incentive scheme for Bihar Public Service Commission and Union Public Service Commission examination for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Economically Backward Classes (ABCs) will now be extended to girls from all walks of life.

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Under this scheme, the government provides Rs. 50,000 to the candidates who have passed the preliminary examination of BPSC and Rs. 1 lakh to the candidates who have passed the UPSC preliminary.

Kumar claimed that the state has made progress in all areas including education, health, agriculture, tourism, industry and social justice.

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Stressing on the need for efficient and effective leadership to ensure quality of education in the state, Kumar said the slab-matric scholarship of Rs 2.5 lakh per annum for families of SC, ST, OBC and EBC students would be increased to Rs 3 lakh.

“The school will have a head teacher cadre. The head teacher will now be recruited through competitive examinations,” he said.

Kumar announced that three colleges would be opened under Bihar Agricultural University.

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Emphasizing on agriculture and related sectors, he said, “There will be storage facilities for fish, fruits and vegetables at a cost of Rs 2,700 crore.”

In the next four years, all the villages in the state will come under the Milk Cooperative Society and 40 per cent of its members will be women.

Talking about the current flood situation in the state, the Chief Minister said the government was making all possible efforts to help the victims.

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“Authorities have been instructed to prepare for the situation. More than 3.4 million people have been affected by the floods in 32 districts of the state. The government is assisting them,” he added.

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