New Delhi: As the state is under lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday announced a slew of relief measures for the people of the state. He also announced scholarship for students of the state from Class 1 to 12. Also Read - Coronavirus in India: Amid Janata Curfew, Death Toll Reaches 6, Bihar Man Youngest Victim
Issuing a statement, Kumar said that his government will provide free ration for 1 month for families having ration cards. He also said that pensioners will get 3 months’ pension in advance. Also Read - People in Bihar Turn to God, Conduct 'Havans and Pujas' To Ward Off Coronavirus
“Families having ration cards will get free ration for 1 month and pensioners will get 3 months’ pension in advance. Every family having ration cards in lockdown areas will get Rs 1000. Students of Class 1 to Class 12 will get scholarships till March 31,” Kumar said. Also Read - Coronavirus: ‘Bihar Govt to Bear Treatment Expenses of COVID-19 Patients,’ Says Nitish Kumar
Apart from general public, he also announced measures for doctors and medical staff in the state. “All doctors and medical staff in Bihar will get an amount equivalent to their one month of basic pay as encouragement,” he added further.
The development comes after the Bihar government on Sunday announced that the lockdown has been imposed in the state till March 31.
“In the wake of Coronavirus, the lockdown has been imposed in the state till March 31. All essential services will be available,” Bihar Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Th step was taken after a 38-year-old man died in the state, due to kidney failure, was tested positive for COVID-19.
On the first day of the lockdown, people were seen thronging market places and medical stores to stock up on essentials. Tea shops and snack stalls were open on Monday as people stood next to each other to relish their cuppa, without following the advised norms of social distancing.