Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday launched e Z-Pay cards for students belonging to scheduled tribes, scheduled castes, backward and extremely
backward castes for payment of stipends to them for their
performance in the matric examination.
``We have in principle decided to give promotion fund of
Rs 10,000 to each students who stood first in
matriculation examination,`` Kumar said at the programme.
He said the state government would also encourage
students from SC/ST and extremely backward classes by
enhancing facilities to enable them to complete their studies.
Kumar said the state government`s uniform and cycle
distribution schemes had encouraged enrolment of girls in
As against 1.70 lakh girls studying in standard IX in
Bihar in 2007, the number had increased to 5.55 lakh in 2010,
Kumar said the state government would conduct medical
examination of around 3.40 crore students during the next
financial year to make health cards available them.
Minister for Backward and Extremely Backward Class
Welfare Hariprasad Sah, SC/ST Welfare Minister Jitan Ram
Manjhi, Food Minister Shyam Rajak, Mines and Geology Minister
Satyadeo Narain Arya also spoke.