The decision to upgrade 1,350 minority high schools in the state to plus-two levels is being viewed as yet another masterstroke by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to woo Muslims and thus,create a vertical split in the traditional Muslim-Yadav vote bank of Lalu Prasad and the Muslim-Dalit base of Ram Vilas Paswan. Though the CM calls his Vikas Yatra an attempt to register supremacy of loksatta over rajsatta,the Opposition has dubbed it an election campaign at the expense of the public.
Nitish protégé floats party,challenges mentor
Upendra Kushwaha,once part of Nitish Kumars inner circle,has floated a new party to torment his former mentor. He had joined the NCP after being expelled from JD(U) but the NCP,too,was soon disenchanted with Upendra.Upendra has now positioned himself as a top leader of the Kushwaha community,pitted against the CM of course,and launched his new outfit – the Rashtriya Samata Party. Nitish acolytes,however,claim that Kushwaha has merely added one more to the list of 5,000-odd parties in the country.
CM takes on the bureaucracy,Lalu style
During his tenure as chief minister,Lalu Prasad was known for his straightforward way of dealing with bureaucrats. He would chide officials in the presence of others and often force them to give direct answers to people at public functions. Now,the present CM seems to have taken a cue from Lalu in the wake of numerous complaints against his bureaucrats. At a meeting in Khagaria during his Vikas Yatra,he asked Chief Secretary R J M Pillai to face the public. Pillai complied and gave his mobile number to those present.
Bihar first to launch e-Bhawans for farmers
The Bihar Cabinet recently gave its nod to e-Bhawans for farmers,making the state the first in the country to start such an initiative at the block level. These e-Bhawans will have Internet connections,soil testing laboratories,training and information centres for various agricultural techniques and marketing. The state is all set to join the IT bandwagon with the state secretariat already inter-linked,enabling access to data across departments.
Facing strike from payroll,employees return to work
Bihar government employees finally came back to work after a 34 day strike. The Patna High Court played a key role in ending the impasse by asking the government to be lenient with the employees. The government intended to terminate the services of the striking employees,but they returned to work before they were given marching orders. The workers were demanding implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission,but the government stood its ground and agreed to implement only a part of the Commissions recommendations.