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Cabinet seal on new cop posts

Patna, Feb. 26: The cabinet today approved the creation of 43,761 posts at 155 police stations in Bihar.

According to government sources, the personnel would be appointed in the next five years. The creation of the posts would be in addition to the existing vacancies of personnel at different police stations.

The cabinet also approved creation of 35 posts of additional superintendents of police in seven Naxalite-affected districts in the state. The creation of new police officers in Naxalite-affected districts is seen as an attempt by the state government to curb Maoist activities in Bihar.

Sources said the cabinet also extended the term of inquiry commission, which is probing the 1989 Bhagalpur riot cases, for another year.

The cabinet gave its nod to extend the tenure of the commission, which is coming to an end on February 28.

The new tenure of the inquiry commission will be from March 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. The commission, headed by Justice N.N. Singh, a retired judge of Patna High Court, was set up by the Nitish Kumar government in February 2006 to re-investigate certain cases of the 1989 communal riots that claimed 1,000 lives.

The cabinet also decided to create 147 posts of revenue officers under the department of revenue and land reforms. Sources said in its effort to provide housing facilities to Mahadalit families, the cabinet today gave its nod for providing Rs 2,000 as incentive to families that will complete the construction of houses under the Chief Minister Shatabdi Indira Awas Yojana within the stipulated time.

The cabinet allowed signing a Memorandum of Understanding with a central agency for laying optical fibre to improve the communication network up to the panchayat-level. Under State Wide Area Network optical fibre was laid up to the block-level. Now, it would be extended up to the panchayat-level. Total 36 agendas were approved today.


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