Patna: The Bihar government on Tuesday gave its nod to the proposal for upgrading peons to clerk without taking examination.

According to the proposal, the fourth grade employees who have cleared their matriculation exam would be promoted to  the post of a clerk on the basis of seniority. Till now, there was a provision of promotion to the clerical post only by appearing in written exam. After the meeting which was headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Cabinet Secretary Deepak Kumar informed that the move would bring respite to many fourth grade employees.

Kumar said, the state has also decided to increase the pay scale of highly qualified untrained teachers of the state's elementary schools. This would be effective from October 2003. At least 22, 000 teachers would get a benefit of Rs 125 per month.  

In addition to it, the government also gave its nod to the new and renewable energy promotion policy in order to save the state from power crisis. Under the scheme, there would be an alternative to sources of energy (solar, wind, etc.)

This policy would be implemented for biomass and biogas-based project, mini, micro, small hydro project (25 MW), wind power projects, solar project, urban waste-based projects.

(JPN/ Bureau)