Employees and pensioners of Bihar government will now receive 28 per cent dearness allowance (DA) instead of 17 per cent. This hike will come into effect from July 1.
The announcement about the increment in DA was made by the chief minister on the occasion of Independence Day. Another announcement that brought much cheer to the women of the State is that the Bihar government’s incentive programme for examinees belonging to other backward classes (OBC) and economically backward classes (EBC), for the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams, will now be offered to all girls, regardless of the section of the society they come from.
The scheme provides candidates who clear the preliminary exams of BPSC Rs 50,000 each and those who clear the UPSC prelims Rs one lakh each.
Additionally, the income limit for students to avail the post-matric scholarship has also been increased from Rs 2.5 lakh per family per year, to Rs 3 lakhs per family per year. This benefit is extended to students from scheduled castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST), other backward classes (OBC) and economically backward classes (EBC).
Earlier this year, in April, the Government of Bihar had announced a month’s salary as bonus for all its frontline healthcare workers. This was granted to them in appreciation of their efforts in helping fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.