Patna, 4 June-2014, TNN: Former chief minister Nitish Kumar will get two private secretaries, two personal secretaries, two lower division clerks and four peons as his personal staff for the next five years, according to a decision taken by the state cabinet on Tuesday.
The cabinet secretariat’s note to the cabinet in this regard does not mention Kumar’s name. However, if one goes by the rider that the facility shall be available to former CMs just for the next five years after demitting the office, only Kumar is currently entitled to the facility.
Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad, Ramsundar Das, Jagannath Mishra and Satish Prasad Singh were CMs long back. Rabri was CM till 2005, her husband Lalu till July 1997, Ramsundar in 1979-80 and Mishra till March 1990. None of them would be entitled to the benefits announced on Tuesday.
In addition to the secretariat staff, Nitish will get a bulletproof car, armed escort, pilot vehicles, armed guards and a free bungalow with free electricity in Patna.
The cabinet also approved a proposal of the Bihar State Housing Board to create land banks in different districts for its housing projects. The Board will purchase, not acquire, land at market rate from the farmers.
The cabinet sanctioned Rs one crore to encourage inter-caste marriages and Rs 50,000 to every woman opting for such a marriage. Remarriage after divorce or intra-caste marriages like a Kanyakubj, Sakaldipi, Maithili or Bhumihar marrying among them or Rajputs, Kayastha, Kurmi sub-caste marriages would not be treated as inter-caste marriages. Either the bride or the groom should be from Bihar, according to the cabinet decision.
A tribal marrying a non-tribal will be treated as inter-caste marriage. Among the tribals, an Oraon marrying a Munda, Santhal, Khadia or a Munda marrying a Paharia shall be treated as inter-caste marriage.
Women government employees will now be entitled to 135 days’ maternity leave instead of 90 days at present. For the young girls of high and higher secondary schools, a Rs 220-crore sanitary napkin scheme has been sanctioned by the state cabinet. As first installment, a sum of Rs 36.3 crore was released under the CM Kishori Health Scheme.
The cabinet sanctioned Rs 122.76 crore for supply of potable water in the SC and ST-dominated settlements in 38 districts. Another sum of Rs 19 crore was OK’d for the Dolphin Research Centre at Patna.
The cabinet also gave its approval to the dismissal of Arun Kumar Singh, the then additional district and sessions judge of Supaul; Ashok Kumar Singh, the then assistant engineer of Aurangabad and Ratna Chatterjee, the then child and woman development officer of Thakurganj (Kishanganj).