Bihar announces bonanza for 3 5 lakh contractual teachers ahead of Assembly polls.

Patna: The state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also decided to extend facilities like transfer and appointment on compassionate grounds to their ward/dependent.

With an eye on the coming Legislative Assembly election in the state, the Bihar government on Tuesday announced a slew of benefits for 3.5 lakh contractual teachers appointed by Panchayati Raj institutions and urban local bodies, hiking their pay by 15 percent besides providing gains of Employees Provident Fund (EPF).

The state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also decided to extend facilities like transfer and appointment on compassionate grounds to their ward/dependent. But, there is a catch, the pay hike will come into effect from April 1, 2021. Polls in Bihar are due in October-November this year.

"The government could not implement the pay hike in the current fiscal because of the paucity of resources due to additional expenditure made on tackling COVID and to overcome the economic slowdown," Education Departments Additional Chief Secretary R K Mahajan told reporters here.

The enhanced salary to the contractual teachers will put an annual burden of Rs 1950 crore to the state exchequer, Mahajan, who was accompanied by Finance Departments Principal Secretary S Siddharth and his counterpart in the Cabinet Secretariat Sanjay Kumar, said.


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