Bihar's Nitish Kumar government announced a scheme to motivate the youth to join the state as well as All India Services. The scheme announced encouragement incentive to clear the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) prelims as well as Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Prelims exam. The scheme - Anusuchit Jati Evam Anusuchit Janjati Yojana - was approved by the state cabinet during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Kumar under which Bihar Government will give Rs 1 lakh as assistance to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes students who crack the civil services preliminary tests conducted by the UPSC, and 50,000 for clearing the BPSC Prelims Exam.
This year the Civil Services Prelims Exam will be conducted on 3 June 2018 by UPSC and the BPSC Prelims Exam will be conducted in the third week of June. The official notification regarding this will be released by the BPSC in the coming time.
"Preparations for civil services exams, whether those conducted by the UPSC or the BPSC, often require candidates to move away from their home towns to places with better study facilities. The move is aimed at helping bright aspirants concentrate on their studies without worrying about expenses", Singh said.
"The money will be transferred directly into accounts of the eligible candidates and the entire amount will be paid in a single instalment," the chief secretary, accompanied by Principal Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat Department, Arun Kumar Singh, and Secretary SC/ST Welfare Department Prem Singh Meena, said.
Bihar Cabinet also approved Rs 1,000 per month to all boys and girls from the community who may be studying while putting up in hostels meant for the SCs and STs and free supply of 15 kg food grain to the hostels.
The aforementioned assistance will be a part of the Mukhyamantri Anusuchit Jati Evam Janjati Chhatravas Yojana, he said.
The announcement that all SCs and STs would be getting benefits earlier reserved only for Mahadalits (poorest among Dalits) was made by the chief minister at a function organised by Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, whose Lok Janshakti Party is an alliance partner in the ruling coalition in the state.
Highlights of the Anusuchit Jati Evam Anusuchit Janjati Yojana
1. Grants for SC/ST candidates who clear prelims of civil services exams
2. 15 kg grain per month to students staying in hostels for SCs and STs
3. Nitish Kumar's initiative being described as a first-of-its-kind
Government sources said about 1,500 students from the two reserved categories clear the first stage of the recruitment examination by the state-level public service commission. An average of 200 more students from these communities clear the civil services preliminary examination conducted by UPSC. The preliminary examinations are aimed at screening out the non-serious candidates; those who make the grade are put through a tougher, detailed examination and an interview.