On 15 August 2021, the Bihar government announced an 11 per cent hike in the dearness allowance (DA) payable to state government employees and pensioners. The announcement was made by Chief Minister (CM) Nitish Kumar after hoisting the national flag on the occasion of India’s 75th Independence Day.
According to the announcement, the DA hike shall come into force retrospectively, with effect from 1 July 2021. With this, the DA payable to state government employees and pensioners shall escalate from 17 per cent to 28 per cent.
The state finance department will soon issue a communication notifying the increase, Nitish Kumar said after the flag hoisting ceremony.
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Also, the state government has decided to expand the scope of its incentive scheme aimed at other backward classes (OBC) and economically backward classes (EBC) for examinations of Bihar Public Service Commission and Union Public Service Commission to include girls from all sections of the society, he added.
Under the scheme, each candidate clearing the preliminary BPSC exam is paid Rs. 50,000 by the state government, and those successful in acing the UPSC prelims are paid Rs. 100,000 each.
Moreover, the annual income slab of Rs 2.5 lakh set for identifying SC, ST, OBC and EBC candidates for the Centre’s post-matric scholarship will be increased to Rs. 3 lakh, he added.
The state government is also looking to set up warehousing facilities for storing fish, fruits and vegetables at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,700 crore, he announced.
Besides this, the state government also plans to include villages across the state under milk cooperative societies within the next four years, with at least 40 per cent women as its members.