In line with the promise of the poll, the Nitish Kumar government on Tuesday approved a proposal to provide the free coronavirus vaccine to all the state’s population. The decision was made at the first meeting of the cabinet.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced that Bihar will receive free vaccines against Covid-19 during state polls.
Sources said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed the health department to work out how to inoculate every resident of the state against coronavirus.
“The modalities will be elaborated in the coming days. In principle, a free vaccination decision was made in the state. In the first round, health workers can be given doses followed by people over the age of 60 and then 50. Consultations will take place and a detailed report on vaccination actions will be prepared soon, “said a senior government official aware of developments.
CM MP Tarkishore Prasad said: “We decided to transport the free inoculation of Covid-19 vaccines to every resident of the state, because it was an important promise of the BJP and the NDA. Our decision is a great gift for the people of the state after the formation of the government. We believe that Bihar’s greatest strength is its human resources and we want them to be protected against deadly disease, as the world is battling a pandemic. ”
The CM deputy said that Covid vaccines will be administered once they are approved and available on the market.
Former CM MP and Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Modi said: “The decision of the state cabinet to provide free vaccines against Covid-19 to the entire population of Bihar is a welcome decision. I think other states should emulate it. The BJP, in its manifesto, promised to offer free vaccines, knowing full well that in Bihar only a small part of the population can afford it at market prices. Once the vaccines arrive, front-line workers, police personnel and those over 50 will be given the doses in a phased manner, “he said.
The cabinet has also decided to create 20 jobs in the governmental and non-governmental sector over the next five years and also link Hindi to technical education, in addition to building Ashray stalls in each city for the elderly. .
The state cabinet approved the implementation of all programs under Atma Nirbhar Bihar and Saath Nischai (Seven Decisions) -2 for the next five years (2020-2025), in addition to approving another 14 agendas, according to a government press release.
Other major decisions were to improve the incentive for unmarried girls who went intermediate from 10,000 rupees to 25,000 rupees, while for married / unmarried girls who graduated, the incentive was raised to 50,000 rupees from 25,000 rupees for higher education.
Young people eager to start a business will be given loans of 5 lakhs with an interest rate of one percent plus a 50% subsidy for the cost of the project, up to a maximum of 5 lakhs. There will be a center of excellence open in all ITI (Institute of Industrial Training) and the Polytechnic for the higher training of students, so that they adapt to the employment needs of the technical sector.
The seven resolve that Part 11 will focus on further improving infrastructure and facilities in the health, education, agriculture and other sectors, also said a statement from the cabinet department.
In fact, the decision to generate 20 jobs in the governmental and non-governmental sector is another ambitious program.
Officials said the chief secretary would convene a meeting of all department heads on Wednesday to discuss ways to create jobs for young people to address the issue of unemployment, which was a major polling agenda during the recent elections. The opposition RJD gathered on its poll agenda promising 10 lakhs of government jobs if it voted for power.
“There will be the creation of government posts and also the encouragement of the private sector to generate more jobs in the state. The issue will be discussed and a report will be prepared soon, “said another officer.
Other key elements of the cabinet’s decisions were the opening of mega-fitness centers in each district, the instrument room in each division, Rajgir Sports University, free medical treatment for children with a hole in their heart under the “Children’s Heart Scheme”, and training of new department for skills development and entrepreneurship.