Government to spend Rs 76,000 cr in 11th plan

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Patna, Aug 15: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday, Aug 15 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 leaders to cooperate.

After unfurling the Tricolour at the historical Gandhi Maidan on the occasion of the 62nd Independence Day, Mr Kumar said that earlier, the government had 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 Sixth Pay Commission recomendations for enhancing the pay and perks of the Central government employees.

However, he admitted that it would result in an additional financial burden on the states.

In view of the enhancements, he demanded that the Centre should 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 Central 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, the Bihar CM made announcements for an overall development of the state and disclosed the schemes for the uplift of oppressed in 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 uplift centres for ''Mahadalit'' children, arrangements to provide residential facilities to the poor children and special infrastructure for providing education as well as dwellings to the poor muslims.

Mr Kumar said health camps for ''Mahadalits'' had been intiated today in the ''Mahadalit Tolas'' of every district 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 under Mahadalit Development Mission, the Chief Minister said adding the ''Mahadalits'' would now get all the basic facilities including education and health.

UNI

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