Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of Bihar has announced an increase of 11 percent in dearness allowance (DA) on Sunday for state government employees and pensioners with effect from July 1. He addressed a gathering after hoisting the Tricolour at the Gandhi Maidan on the occasion of the 75th Independence Day of India.
CM Nitish Kumar made the announcement of increasing the DA from 17 percent to 28 percent. After hoisting the national flag at the Gandhi Maidan, the Chief Minister said, “The finance department will soon issue a notification for the increase in dearness allowance for state government employees and pensioners.”
Nitish Kumar also said the Bihar state government’s incentive scheme for other backward classes (OBC) and economically backward classes (EBC) for the examinations of Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) which will be now expanded to girls of all sections of the society.
The Bihar state government, under this scheme will provides rupees 50,000 to candidates who clears their initial exams of BPSC and rupees one lakh to an aspirant who passes UPSC entrance.
The chief minister had also claimed that Bihar has progressed in all sectors which includes education, health, agriculture, tourism, industry and social justice. CM Nitish Kumar announced that three colleges will be opened under the Bihar Agriculture University.
Highlighting on the need for an efficient and effective leadership to ensure the quality of education in the state, he said the annual income portion of rupees 2.5 lakh for students’ families belonging to SC, ST, OBC and EBC categories to avail6 the Centre’s post-matric scholarship will be increased to rupees 3 lakh.
The CM further added that now there will be a principal teacher cadre for schools and principal teachers will now be appointed through competitive examinations.