Patna: The Bihar government on Tuesday approved
the rules of the the Right to Education Act (REA) under which
the children in the age group of six to 14 years will be
imparted free and compulsory education.
The decision was taken at the cabinet meeting presided
over by the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Principal
Secretary (Cabinet Coordination and Secretariat) Ravikant told
Under the rules, all private schools in the state will
be bound to reserve 25 percent seats for the children from
poor socio-economic background for which such schools will
get assistance from the state government, he said.
The cabinet also approved guidelines about the
implementation of the Right to Service Bill in Bihar,
including the appellate authorities for public grievances
arising out of the delay in non-disposal of their applications
for a particular work, Ravikant said.
The state government further fixed a time-frame of the
concerned officials in disposing the application for work by
the people, the Principal Secretary said.
The state government also decided to extend the
services under the Right to Service from the present 10 to 20
departments, Ravikant said.
Among other significant decisions, the state
government approved a grant of Rs 536.29 crores for payment
of salaries to 57,109 contractual teachers employed with the
schools in panchayats/blocks/urban local bodies in the
financial year 2011-12, he said.
In the power sector, the state government approved a
2x660 MW coal-based thermal power project at Kajra in
Lakhisarai district to be constructed by M/S Bihar Power
Infrastructure company private ltd with an estimated cost of
Rs 6810 crores and another 2x660 MW thermal power project at
Chausa in Buxur district to be constructed by M/S Bihar Power
Infrastructure Pvt Ltd`s subsidiary company M/S Buxur
Electricity Company at a cost of Rs. 6795 crores.