Bihar cabinet doubles honorarium of top panchayat representatives ahead of polls

Bihar cabinet doubles honorarium of top panchayat representatives ahead of polls
Bihar cabinet doubles honorarium of top panchayat representatives ahead of polls
Anjali Raj / Jaano Junction

Patna, Jan 9 (PTI) Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Bihar cabinet has doubled the monthly honorarium of top panchayat representatives and substantially increased the stipend paid to anganwadi workers.

Besides, the cabinet approved the creation of a separate sports department to support athletes and a new information technology policy to make the IT sector in the state more lucrative for investors.

"The cabinet has approved a substantial increase in the monthly honorarium of panchayat representatives and stipend paid to anganwadi workers (sevikas and sahaayikas) in the state," Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) S Siddharth told reporters after the cabinet meeting on Monday.

Mukhiyas will now get a monthly honorarium of ₹5,000 instead of the current ₹2,500, while that for their deputies was raised to ₹2,500 from ₹1,200, said Siddharth, the ACS of Cabinet Secretariat.

"Similarly, sarpanchs and deputy sarpanchs will now get ₹5,000 per month and ₹2,500 per month respectively," he said.

They used to get ₹2,500 and ₹1,200 per month respectively.

"This is a 100 per cent hike in the honorarium of these panchayat representatives. This decision will benefit a large number of (more than 2.50 lakh) panchayat representatives in the state," he said.

Besides, the monthly honorarium of ward members has also been increased from ₹500 to ₹800, said the ACS.

There will be an additional burden of ₹339 crore annually on the state exchequer, he added.

The cabinet also approved a hike in the monthly stipend paid to around 2.30 lakh anganwadi workers (sevikas and sahaayikas) in the state.

"Now, sevikas will get ₹7,000 monthly stipend and sahaayikas ₹4,000 per month. This will put ₹286 crore of additional burden on the state exchequer," the officer said.

Sevikas and sahaayikas used to get ₹5,950 and ₹2,975 per month respectively.

The Lok Sabha elections are due within a few months in the country.

"The cabinet also approved the creation of a separate sports department to boost the state's sports infrastructure and support athletes in their endeavour to win medals. As of now, the sports wing is part of the art, culture and youth affairs department," said Siddharth.

Besides, the cabinet approved the new Information Technology (IT) policy 2024 to make the IT sector in the state more lucrative for investors.

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Bihar cabinet doubles honorarium of top panchayat representatives ahead of polls

"To develop Bihar as the next IT hub and IT investment destination in the country, the cabinet has approved the new IT policy," he said.

Source: Hindustan Times

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