Keeping his poll promises alive, Nitish Kumar-led NDA approved a proposal to provide free COVID-19 vaccine to the people of the state after it gets approval from Drugs Controller General of India, with this Bihar also becomes the first state to do so.
It was one of the poll promises of the BJP in the recently concluded Bihar Assembly polls. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured a 125-seat majority in the 243-seat strong Bihar Legislative Assembly.
According to the NITI Aayog, six vaccines are currently undergoing clinical trials in the country, and very soon India would also get its first verified vaccine.
The health department of Bihar has also developed cold storage in Nalanda Medical College and Hospital to store crucial vaccines safely. Health department special secretary Manoj Kumar said, “The ministry has acquired three storey building of NMCH and waiting for the vaccines from the Centre. We have adequate infrastructure for storage and distribution in all the districts of the state.”
The Cabinet also gave its nod for a proposal to create 20 lakh job opportunities in the public and private sectors.
The state government will also introduce a special scheme for the promotion of entrepreneurship among women. For this, the government would provide an interest-free loan up to 50 percent of their project or a maximum of Rs 5 lakh in addition to the subsidy of 50 percent or Rs 5 lakh of the project cost.
In order to encourage higher education, unmarried women will get Rs 25,000 after passing Class 12 and on passing graduation, they will receive Rs 50,000 financial assistance, the state government said.
Moreover, the government will run programs such as the Student Credit Card Scheme for Higher Education in Bihar, Self Help Allowance Scheme to help the youth find employment and skill training for youth.
“A high-level centre for excellence will be established to enhance the quality of training in all ITI and polytechnic institutes of the state. Students studying in institutions will be given training in solar, drone technology, optical fiber, and networking among other skills, as per the demand of the current industry,” the state government said.
For the youth who are not studying in ITI and Polytechnic and want to get new skills training, the Bihar government will open at least one mega skill centre in each district, where the students will be trained in areas like beauty and wellness.