Bihar cabinet decisions: 50% quota in govt contract approved
PATNA: Keeping in view Bihar assembly elections in September-October, the state cabinet on Tuesday took several populist decisions, including 50% reservation to scheduled castes/tribes, backward and economically backward castes and backward caste women in all government contracts up to Rs15 lakh.
Briefing media after the cabinet meeting, cabinet secretariat department’s principal secretary Shishir Sinha said people belonging to SCs would get 16%, STs 1%, EBCs 18%, BCs 12% and BC women 3% in the 50% quota in contracts.
In another major decision, the government has done away with the mandatory 75% attendance of students in schools for financial year 2015-16. Now, the government school students can avail the benefits of merit scholarship, cycle and ‘poshak’ yojanas this year without any condition.
In another decision to woo government employees/officers, the cabinet cleared the proposal to adjust their strike period absence, from September 15, 1997 to March 12, 2013, in their earned leave. Now, their strike period salary would not be deducted.
The government also simplified the procedure of payment of grants to the unaided educational institutions. The amount would be sent directly to Bihar School Examination Board which will credit it to the bank accounts of the educational institutes concerned through RTGS.
The government also agreed to put ‘Dangi’ caste (Annexure-I) from backward to extremely backward caste category. ‘Tanti’ (Tatwa) under EBC has been reverted to backward caste category.
The proposal to share the Indira AwasYojana (IAY) amount (50:50) from the current financial year was also approved. The state share this year would be Rs1032.03 crore for the construction of 2,80,255 houses under the scheme.
The cabinet also cleared the Bihar Public Service Commission recommendations for principals in five government polytechnic colleges. They are DrBarun Kumar Rai, Dr Anil K Singh, DrKumari Anima, DrChandrashekhar Singh and DrFazleSarwar.
The dismissal of Mukesh Kumar Singh, the then assistant engineer in WRD at Chandradeyi subdivision in Araria, was also sealed. Singh, under suspension, is reporting to the office of chief engineer, water resources department, Patna.