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Nod to state finance panel

The state cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to the constitution of the fifth State Finance Commission for transfer of funds for rural and urban local bodies.

The commission is constituted every five years to apportion the proceeds of taxes, duties, tolls and fees between the state government and rural and urban local bodies. The state government levied the aforementioned taxes, official sources said.

The Commission would be headed by ANP Sinha, while retired IAS officer C. Ashokvardhan and JD Women’s College economics professor Nandita Mehta would be members.

The cabinet also decided to increase the monthly consolidated pay of tola sevaks and talimi markaz volunteers from Rs 3,500 to Rs 5,000.

The increased pay would be applicable from December 2013. Their job is to create awareness on getting children of Mahadalit and minority communities enrolled in schools.

It also gave a nod to construct a cricket stadium at Rajgir in Nalanda.

The stadium would be constructed according to international standards, sources said, while refusing to divulge the expenditure to be made.

The decision would give a major fillip to the tourism sector in the state, sources said, adding that if a person visits Rajgir for a match he/she would certainly visit the ruins of Nalanda University and religious sites at Bodhgaya and other places.

An official, however, said a consultant would be appointed first to prepare the detailed project report.

The cabinet also hiked 17 per cent dearness allowance (DA) for employees whose payscale have not been revised, sources said, adding that the DA for around 2,500 employees would increase from 166 to 183 per cent.

The move would benefit pensioners and those getting family pension.

The cabinet also doubled the pension amount from Rs 2,500 to Rs 5,000 per month for dependents of the victims of Bhagalpur and Sikh riots.

The cabinet also approved Rs 453.33 crore for water supply scheme for the various districts of the state.

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