Till date, Bihar has reported a total of 39 Covid-19 cases and a death due to the novel virus. (Representative image: Reuters)
In wake of the fight against Covid-19 in the state, Bihar cabinet on Wednesday passed the proposal to cut the salaries of all ministers and legislators by 15 per cent for one year and divert the money towards the corona eradication fund set up by the state government.
The cabinet meeting, led by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, decided that the salary deduction of all members of the states bicameral legislature would remain effective for one year.
The cabinet passed a proposal to create a separate fund to fight Covid-19, and, the amount that the state government will save by salary deduction of ministers and legislators would be deposited in this.
The cabinet also passed the proposal to increase the contingency fund to fight the novel coronavirus from Rs 350 crore to Rs 8,470 crore.
This was the first meeting of the Bihar Cabinet since the nationwide lockdown was announced. All ministers and principal secretaries of the respective departments participated in this meeting through video-conferencing.
Till now, Bihar has reported a total of 39 positive cases of Covid-19 and a death due to the novel virus.
The state government has set up testing centres at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital, Indira Gandhi Institute for Medical Sciences, and Patna Medical College and Hospital. The Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital has also started testing for Covid-19.