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Promotion reservation to stay in state

Patna, Aug. 17: The Bihar cabinet today gave its nod to continue reservation in promotions of government employees from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to protect their interests.

Cabinet co-ordination department principal secretary Ravikant said: “The decision of the government will benefit their (government employees) interest.”

The decision was taken after the state government reviewed a report submitted by the Bihar welfare department in the light of the Supreme Court judgment in M. Nagraj vs Union of India case. In this 2002 judgment, the apex court upheld the decision of the Centre to introduce reservation of promotions for SC and ST government employees.

Beside this, a sum of Rs 1,799.5 crore has also been sanctioned to the water resources department for the Eastern Gandak River Phase 2 project and Rs 95.5355 crore to the road construction department for strengthening and widening a 31.6-km road from Biharsharif to Islampur, said Ravikant.

He added: “The cabinet has also decided to restructure the special vigilance unit.”

The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 1,050 lakh as the stipend for graduate students of Rajendra Agriculture University and Bihar Agriculture University for 2012-13 and 2016-2017. “Under the agriculture road map, every student will get Rs 2,000 per month as stipend and Rs 6,000 more every year,” informed Ravikant.

It took 32 decisions on Friday, including conservation of trees. Under this scheme, persons would be appointed to the post of vrikshpal to protect trees.