Bodh gaya blasts aftermath: Bihar forms Anti-Terrorism Squad

Patna: After the serial bomb blasts at Bodh Gaya, the Bihar government today decided to constitute an Anti-Terrorism Squad to deal with such events.

The squad which would be set up at a cost of Rs 18.13 crore annually would include an inspector general of police, a DIG, SP and DSP besides 6 sub-inspectors, Principal Secretary, Cabinet Coordination, Brajesh Mahrotra told reporters after a cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

 Bodh gaya blasts aftermath: Bihar forms Anti-Terrorism Squad

The site of the Bodh Gaya blasts. AFP

The cabinet gave the nod for creation of 344 posts in the new squad, he said.

The Bihar government has sent two letters to the Centre to formally request the NIA to investigate the explosions at the Budhhist site and another for handing over its security to the CISF.

In other important decisions, the cabinet approved increasing the daily wage under MGNREGA scheme to Rs 162, the amount equal to daily minimum wage.

At present, Rs 144 is paid under MGNREGA against the central rate of Rs 138 per day.

The state government will bear the additional cost of Rs 447 crore for paying the increased wages, Mahrotra said.

The cabinet also raised the limit of funds for construction of houses in general areas under the Indira Awas Yojna to Rs 70,000 from Rs 40,000 earlier, he said.

In Maoist-hit areas, it has been hiked to Rs 75,000 from Rs 45,000 under the programme, he said.

PTI

Updated Date: Jul 09, 2013 21:19:33 IST