PATNA: Contractual doctors working in Bihar government’s hospitals/ health institutions will now continue in their service till the age of 67 years.
A meeting of state cabinet chaired by CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday approved a health department’s proposal to increase the retirement age of contractual doctors to 67 years from the existing 65, on the pattern of regular government doctors.
A total of 17 proposals of different departments were approved at the cabinet meeting.
Patna based Guru Gobind Singh (GGS) sub-divisional hospital will now be upgraded into a full-fledged district Sadar hospital. The cabinet approved a health department’s proposal in this regard.
Out of total 38 districts in the state, only Patna and Darbhanga districts earlier lack district-level sadar hospitals. With upgradation of GGS hospital into district-level hospital, Patna gets its Sadar hospital.
“The health department has already sanctioned a 100-bed district Sadar hospital for Darbhanga,” principal secretary (health) Sanjay Kumar told TOI on Wednesday.
The cabinet also approved an urban development and housing department’s proposal to distribute a sum of Rs 1028.72 crore (of 5th State Finance Commission) as grant-in-aid among 141 functional urban local bodies of the state for expenditure.
The cabinet also gave its nod to a home (special) department’s proposal to enhance financial assistance to the surrendered Left-wing extremists.
The surrendered Left-wing extremists who had been member of their organisation’s central committee will now get an immediate grant of Rs 5 lakh each against Rs 2.5 lakh earlier, and a monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 in place of Rs 4,000 earlier, besides other benefits.
Similarly, the surrendered Left-wing extremists who had been zonal commander in their organisations will get an immediate grant of Rs 2.5 lakh each against Rs 1.5 lakh earlier, and a monthly stipend of Rs 6,000 in place of Rs 4,000 earlier, besides other benefits.
It also approved a road construction department’s proposal to give administrative approval for construction of a total of 864 kms of rural roads and a bridge of 148 meter length, in five extremism-hit districts namely Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui, Banka and Muzaffarpur at the expenditure of Rs 1228.83 crore under the Road Connectivity Project for Left Wing Extremism Affected Areas, which is vertical under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna.
It also sanctioned a sum of Rs 49.38 crore for construction and widening of a 20.5 km long Rasalpur-Bajpattin-Garha road in Siramarhi district.
It also approved a disaster management department’s proposal to create 571 additional posts of different ranks for the state disaster response force (SDRF). The new post will be in addition to the existing 1,157 sanctioned posts in the SDRF.