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Bihar Govt Announces Rs 1 Lakh Incentive To SC/ST Students Clearing UPSC Prelims

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| May 9 , 2018 , 14:59 IST

The Bihar government on Tuesday rolled out a scheme to give Rs 1 lakh as incentives to the students of the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Extremely Backward Castes (EBC), Other Backward Castes (OBC) and Minorities who clear the Union and State civil services exams conducted by the UPSC and BPSC.

The decision was taken at a meeting of state cabinet ministers chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Patna on Tuesday. Apart from this, the Cabinet accepted the decision to give Rs 1,000 to each SC/ST student as hostel incentive and free supply of 15 kg foodgrain to the hostels.

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“The students who clear UPSC Prelims will get Rs one lakh while those who clear BPSC Prelims will get Rs 50,000 as a grant to buy books, enroll in coaching and prepare for the Mains exam. The money will be directly transferred to the bank account of the beneficiaries,” said Bihar Chief Secretary Anjani Kumar Singh. The Cabinet also approved 16 decisions of different departments on Tuesday.

This decision is made to woo the backward and minority community members ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This scheme, to give aid to SC, ST has been named as the "Anusuchit Jati evam Anusuchit Janjati Yojana".

There are approximately 175 hostels in Bihar and around 12,000 minority caste students residing there.

“The total scheme will cost around Rs 10 crore to the state exchequer, but it will be increased as per the requirements,” Singh said.