CM announces DA enhancement for Madarsa teachers

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Patna, May 22 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today announced to pay 300 per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) of their basic salary for Madarsa teachers all over the state.

Addressing the minorities conference at the Madarsa Islamia Mahmoodul Uloom Damla in Madhubani, Mr Kumar admitted that a large chunk of Muslim population was lagging far behind in the education sector.

''In order to improve the academic standard of the community, the government has decided to enhance the DA payment to Madarsa teachers to 300 per cent from the current 125 per cent of their basic salary,'' he added.

Subsidy would also be given to them on the basis of the enhanced DA payment, he informed.

Madarsa teachers were earlier deprived of payment of salary in time and had to run from pillar to post for getting their arrears, Mr Kumar said, adding that his government had made several efforts to streamline the system.

The Chief Minister alleged that some people with vested interests were trying to harm the country's unity and integrity in the name of floating federal agencies and enactment of new laws.

He said the terrorism menace could be tackled only by maintaining harmony in the society.

Mr Kumar also announced some development projects in the area, including construction of a road from Bisfi to Benipatti and construction of pontoon bridge on the road connecting Bisfi with Kamtaul in the district.

In his address, Mr Kumar highlighted the positive changes taking place in the state where the atmosphere was now conducive for investments.

He exhorted the people to maintain peace and harmony in the society and reiterated his commitment for uplifting the deprived lot of the society.

He also mentioned about the ten point welfare schemes launched for welfare of the Muslims and said a fresh commission was constituted for providing justice to the victims of Bhagalpur riots that had rocked the state in 1989.

He said the subsidy for the Haj Bhavan had also been enhanced from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh.

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