Of the total Rs 189.23 crore, the Centre would give Rs 121.82 crore to carry out the census, while the state government would provide Rs 67.41 crore for the Public Grievance Redressal scheme under which people can approach for complaint redressal.
Socio-economic and caste census had started around a month ago in Jehanabad, as a pilot project but now with the cabinet giving its nod, the census would be carried out across the state.
The formation of Public Grievance Redressal (PGR) forum assumes significance as the state government and the Centre have been at loggerheads on the issue of number of BPL families in Bihar.
According to the Centre the figure is 65 lakh families, while the state government claimed it to be around 1.4 crore. Even chief minister Nitish Kumar demanded an independent commission on the pattern of the Election Commission of India to identify people living below poverty line.
The census has the provision of automatic inclusion and exclusion of the families from the BPL list. There are certain norms/criteria fixed on which a family could be included or excluded from the list.
The cabinet also decided to open a police station to control cyber-crime and create six posts of different level to run this police station.
It was also decided to dismiss the then child development project officer, Tilauthu, Rohtas, Nilima Sinha, on different charges.
Total seven decisions were taken in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting.