Patna: The Bihar government has distributed about six lakh radio sets to the mahadalits, a sub-group of poor dalit castes, across the state to make them aware of government welfare schemes, the state Assembly was informed on Tuesday.

The government has set a target to distribute 21 lakh radio sets to the mahadalits by 2014, SC/ST Welfare minister Jitan Ram Manjhi said in reply to a question by JD-U's Manjit Kumar Singh.

The minister said radio distribution was being carried out district-wise with the government choosing two brands Phillips and Santosh.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had launched the Mahadalit radio scheme under the Bihar Mahadalit Vikas mission on February 25 this year.

Kumar had said radios would make this section aware of popular government schemes like free distribution of uniforms, cycles and mid-day meals started for their socio-economic upliftment.


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