The Bihar government’s initiative to transfer financial assistance. That is directly to the accounts of beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has made Bihar departments winner of the Digital India Award. Instituted by the central government, this year for innovative steps in e- governance, an official statement said.

More than 21 lakh stranded workers outside Bihar were provided financial assistance through the “Bihar Sahayata Mobile App”.

Bihar wins award for its financial assistance scheme for workers amid  COVID-19 pandemic

The Chief Minister Secretariat, the Disaster Management Department besides the National Informatics Centre (NIC) of the state have jointly chosen as winners in the “pandemic category” Digital India Awards 2020, the statement said.

President Ram Nath Kovind will give away the Digital India Award to winners from Bihar on December 30 in New Delhi.

The Digital India Awards, instituted under the aegis of the National Portal of India, serve the purpose of bringing to the fore innovative digital solutions and thereby inspiring emulation by all government entities.

On June 4, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had strongly hit out at those states from where poor labourers were force to leave. After the nationwide lockdown was announce due to COVID-19. While interacting with the panchayat-level public representative across Bihar, Nitish Kumar also put objection to Bihari labourers called ‘Migrants’.

In other news, the Bihar Cabinet on Saturday gave its nod for the creation of 103 new Nagar panchayats. Eight new Nagar Parishad, and upgrading five municipal councils to municipal corporations, an official release said. The decision taken to boost urbanization and increase the state’s share in central resources, the release said. The Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, approved the Bihar Municipal (Amendment) Act 2020 in order to create/upgrade/expand 160 urban local bodies. 

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