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10 November 2011

Jharkhand adopts Bihar Madrasa Act

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Jharkhand cabinet today (November 5, 2011) decided to adopt the Bihar Madrasa Education Board Act to facilitate grant-in-aid to another 592 madrassas located across the state, provided they meet the required norms.

The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting presided by Chief Minister Arjun Munda here, Chief Secretary S K Choudhary told reporters.

Those madrasas meeting the required norms would be entitled for the government grant, he added.

Now 186 madrassas are getting government aid.

On Oct 11, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader and Deputy Chief Minister Hemant Soren had urged the Munda government to adopt the Bihar Act in order to help minority institutions, which meet the yardstick to get government grants.

The cabinet also decided to accord the sixth pay commission status to teaching and non-teaching staff to 186 madrassas and 12 Sanskrit schools.

The Jharkhand Hotel Luxury Taxation bill, 2011 was also approved for tabling in the winter session of the house.

Choudhary said the cabinet gave the nod for setting up of a Paharia Battalion at a cost of Rs six crore while incurring Rs 38 crore every year towards payment of salaries and establishment cost.

A total of 1,000 personnel would be appointed in the battalion.

Under National Rural Drinking Water programme, Rs 138 crore has been approved to provide drinking water in arsenic-affected blocks - Barheit, Sahibganj, Udhwa and Rajmahal - in Sahibganj district.

The cabinet has also approved for 'Akalavya Model School' at Albert Ekka Block in Gumla district and sanctioned Rs 12 crore for construction of the residential school having a capacity of 400 students.

The cabinet approved setting up of Agriculture Development Council with a provision to appoint nationally and internationally reputed experts in the government body with chief minister being its chairman.

(Courtesy: Outlook, India)

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