Patna, Aug 15 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today announced to spend Rs 76,000 crore in the Eleventh Plan to fund the state's development, exhorting the cross section of the society and political party leaders to cooperate, in this regard.
After unfurling the tricolour at the historical Gandhi Maidan on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Day, Mr Kumar said earlier the government planned to spend Rs 60,000 crore for the period, which was later enhanced to Rs 76,000 crore.
Outlining the expenditures being chalked out for funding developmental activities, Mr Kumar appreciated the implementation of the 6th pay commission recomendations for enhancing the pay and perks of the Union government employees.
However, he admitted that it would result in an additional financial burden on the states.
In view of the enhancements, he demanded the Centre to extend financial help to the states to meet the additional financial burden as the majority of the fund earmarked for development would have to be spent on paying salary to the Union government employees.
He also appealed to the leaders of different political parties to exert pressure upon the Centre for extending financial aid to Bihar, in this regard.
Furthermore, Mr Kumar made some announcements for an overall development of the state and disclosed the schemes for the upliftment of oppressed sections of the society.
The schemes include construction of hostels for extremely backward students (EBC) in every district, enrolment of 11 lakh students in the schools, establishment of upliftment centre for ''Mahadalit'' children, arrangements to provide residential facilities to the poor children and special infrsatructured for providing education as well as dwellings to the poor muslims.
Mr Kumar said health camps for ''Mahadalits'' had been intiated in the ''Mahadalit Tolas'' of every district from today in the state and training for yoga had also been launched in the health centres on the occasion of the Independence Day.
The recomendations of Mahadalit Commission were also being implemented from today itself under Mahadalit Development Mission, the Chief Minister said adding the ''Mahadalits'' would now get all the basic facilities including education and health.
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