Patna, 28 May-2014: In the first major decision the Jitan Ram Manjhi cabinet on Tuesday raised the Dearness Allowance of its employees and pensioners in the revised pay scale to 100 per cent from the previous rate of 90 per cent. It will be effective from January 1, 2014.
According to the Principal Secretary (Cabinet Secretariat), Brajesh Mehrotra, the decision to provide dearness relief to state government employees is on the lines of the one taken by the outgoing Manmohan government at the Centre, which raised the DA to 100 per cent for its employees a few months back.
He told newspersons that this would cost an additional financial burden of around Rs 1,400 crore on the state government.
Mehrotra said that the DA for employees and pensioners still in the unrevised pay scale, has been increased by 200 per cent.
The cabinet also decided to spend Rs 259 crore for sinking over 55,000 hand-pumps and maintenance of those already installed under the Chief Minister Hand-Pump Scheme being implemented by the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED).
MLAs could now recommend installation of two to five hand pumps in wards and panchayats in their area, while MLCs could recommend 100 hand pumps each in the state.
He also said that the cabinet also decided to spend Rs 74.57 crore for putting in place 200 mini-water supply schemes powered by solar energy in nine districts affected by presence of iron in water.
It also decided to allot Rs 195 crore for providing various allowances to elected representatives of panchayats, panchayat samitis and district councils.
(Input Source: Bihar Times)