The Bihar administration, via a January 21 circular, warned the social media users that any online post against the government will fall under cybercrime. The order provisions for arrests of offenders under the IT Act and the IPC for criticising CM, MPs, MLAs and officials. While the JDU leader Tejashwi Yadav blamed the government for "ripping apart democratic values in the birthplace of the Republic", the party spokesperson found "nothing… read-more
Courtesy: The Indian Express
The Bihar government, in a January 14 notification, announced that transgenders will be allowed to serve in the state's police force up to the level of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI). Reserving the posts for transgenders, the resolution authorizes the DIG rank level officers to recruit them. However, the government has mandated to qualify written and physical exams for recruitment. Reportedly, 41 transgenders will be directly appointed as ASI… read-more
Courtesy: The New Indian Express
Chairing a cabinet meeting on January 5, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar announced to provide financial assistance to the infants having congenital heart defect, primarily Atrial Septal Defect (ASD). Under the Aatmanirbhar Bihar programme, the scheme will pe implemented as the part of government’s manifesto – Nischaya. The government will bear the cost of recovery, the rare heart hole defect (3 in 1000 newborns) which costs nearly Rs 1-1.5 lakhs in the… read-more
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
The Nitish Kumar's Government declared to provide free Covid-19 vaccine in Bihar after the first cabinet meeting. "We feel Bihar’s biggest strength is its human resource and we want them to be protected against the deadly disease as the world is battling with the pandemic," Deputy CM Tarkishore Prasad said. The authorities has been assigned to work upon the delivery pattern of the vaccine and prioritise people based on their age and work… read-more
Courtesy: Hindustan Times
Three days after taking charge as Bihar's new Education Minister, JD(U) MLA Mewalal Choudhury quit his position on November 19 owing to corruption allegations. Mewalal was earlier suspended from the Vice-Chancellor post of the Bihar Agriculture University in 2017 over a scam in job appointments. However, he stated that the allegations were not true as no charge-sheet was filed or a court had ordered against him.
Courtesy: Times of India
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on November 18 tweeted a 38-second clip of the Bihar's newly appointed Education Minister, struggling to sing the national anthem. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, using the minister as a bait, targeted CM Nitish for allowing criminals to stay in power and appointing Mewalal, accused of several criminal charges. However, Choudhary was suspended in 2017 over corruption charges, has denied allegations saying nothing has… read-more
For the first time since independence, the Bihar Cabinet will be devoid of the members from minorities including Muslims. Until now, the state cabinet had always at least one Muslim member. However, no Muslim candidate of the NDA alliance could win the election this time. Former Minority Welfare Minister Firoz Ahmad also lost his constituency. JD(U)'s minority cell president Tanweer Akhtar said, "the Muslim community did not do justice with… read-more
Courtesy: The Times of India
Incumbent Bihar CM Nitish Kumar is expected to take charge for his fourth consecutive term in office on November 16. The JD(U) leader was unanimously elected to lead the state after the meeting of NDA legislators. Meanwhile, Nitish said, "I wanted someone from the BJP to become CM this time," as BJP won more seats in the coalition. He further added that he accepted to take charge since BJP requested.
Courtesy: Deccan Herald
The BJP's central command is brainstorming for the formation of new Bihar Cabinet and allocation of portfolios. Reportedly, the BJP leaders will meet in Delhi in this regard, following which discussions will be held with Nitish Kumar. While Deputy CM Sushil Modi said there was no confusion on portfolio sharing, state BJP, which emerged as the largest NDA constituent in Bihar, clarified that CM would be as per earlier arrangements.
Courtesy: The Economic Times
Defying the anti-incumbency against the 15-year rule of Nitish Kumar, the ruling coalition of NDA secured the majority with 125 seats in Bihar Assembly Elections. Whereas the opposition’s Mahagathbandhan got 110 seats in the 243-member assembly. Despite of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) becoming the single largest party with 75 seats, it will fail to form the government. Following RJD, BJP emerged as the second-largest party with 74 seats while… read-more
Courtesy: The Hindu