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Nalanda to house dental college

Patna, Jan. 27: The state government today gave its nod to the health departmentís proposal to set up a dental college in Nalanda, the home district of chief minister Nitish Kumar.

The proposal was approved at a special meeting of the cabinet chaired by the chief minister. The college, aimed at facilitating the students aspiring to pursue dental education, would be built at a cost of Rs 4,04,14,00,000.

The government agreed to release Rs 4 crore during the financial year 2013-14 for the purpose. The stateís only dental college is in Patna.

The cabinet also approved the information and public relations departmentís proposal for providing insurance cover to the journalists of the state. Around 3,000 journalists across the state would benefit from it.

Under the scheme, the journalists would be provided medical insurance of Rs 5 lakh, which would also cover their spouse and two children. In addition, an accident insurance cover of Rs 5 lakh would also be given to the working journalists.

While the state would cover 80 per cent of the premium, the beneficiaries would pay the rest. The government today agreed to release Rs 2,01,52,800 for the purpose. The scheme would come into effect from February this year. The proposal was scheduled to be placed before the cabinet at its last meeting but was deferred at the eleventh hour.

The cabinet also sanctioned Rs 1,70,90,12,000 for the Chief Minister Silk Development Project, which would be completed by the end of 2017. The project was mooted in May 2012. The cabinet approved some amendments in the project today.

It also sanctioned Rs 1,18,04,75,200 for the Chief Minister Kosi Mulberry Scheme. The industries departmentís project would be completed by 2017. Rs 13,12,57,000 would be released this fiscal.

Total 15 proposals were passed in the special cabinet meeting.


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