Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday made several announcements for benefits of mahadalits on the occasion of 120th anniversary of Baba Saheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar.

The Nitish government has decided to provide coupons to every mahadalit family for the purchase of transistors. With the Chief Minister’s announcement, over 29 lakh families will be facilitated with the transistors.

A fair will be organized at different places so that people belonging to mahadalit communities could buy transistors of their choice, he said.

The mahadalit population in Bihar was 1.30 crore in 2001, while it witnessed an increase of 15 lakh till 2011. The government will also raise the stipend of the ‘vikas mitras’, engaged in educating the dalits, to Rs 4,000 from Rs 1,000.

The Chief Minister said the government will launch a special literacy campaign in Mahadalit areas and added that the benefit of increased development rate of the state should be reached to every single individual of Bihar.

Acknowledging that uplifting of the poor is the main parameter of development, Kumar said his government would constitute a Human Development Mission.

He said the state government will observe 'Prohibition Day' on November 26 every year and de-addiction campaigns will be initiated in Mahadalit areas.

JPN/Bureau