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Cabinet seal on industry commission

Patna, Feb. 24: The state cabinet today cleared the decks for constituting the Bihar State Entrepreneursí and Tradersí Commission to study and review the industrial development in the state.

ďThe cabinet gave its nod to the industries departmentís proposal to set up a commission for the betterment of entrepreneurs and traders of the state. The commissionís job would be to study the industrial development besides giving suggestions on industrial incentive policy, rules and provisions. It would also give its suggestion on Biada (Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority)ís policy and making land available for industries,Ē cabinet secretariat principal secretary Brajesh Mehrotra told reporters here.

The 10-member commission would be headed by a chairman. There would be a vice-chairman besides eight members, including an industries departmentís director-rank officer as member-secretary.

The chief minister on Sunday announced the setting up a commission for entrepreneurs and traders at the Bhamashah memorial function here. The commission would give its recommendations on problems being faced by entrepreneurs and traders, Nitish had said.

The cabinet also gave its nod to the industries departmentís proposal to set up State Weavers and Dastkar Commission to help out more than 11 lakh people involved in weaving and related jobs (dastkari). The panel would have a chairman and a vice-chairman besides six members who would have the expertise of weaving and dastkari.

The cabinet sanctioned Rs 165.82 crore for making payment of salaries and dearness allowance to both serving and retired teaching and non-teaching employees, the principal secretary said.

It approved Bihar Rural Road Maintenance Policy-2013 for regular and periodical maintenance, repair and monitoring of rural roads, Mehrotra said. All the rural roads connecting block headquarters, sub-division, district, national and state highways would be maintained for a period of five years, he said.

The cabinet gave nod to the agriculture departmentís proposal to appoint 4,391 agriculture co-ordinators across the state. It gave its nod to the Agriculture Coordinator (Recruitment and Service Conditions) Rules 2014, he said.

The cabinet also decided to open 85 new police stations in the Naxalite-hit areas besides approving Rs 13 crore for purchasing PET CT Scan machine for Mahavir Cancer Sansthan.


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