Jitan Ram Manjhi Current Affairs - 2019
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Chief Minister (CM) of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi has resigned. His resignation was accepted by Governor of Bihar Keshri Nath Tripathi.
He had resigned from office, before the trust vote he was to face in Bihar Legislature after the Governor address to the joint session.
Jitan Ram Manjhi was 23rd CM of Bihar, elected in May 2014 by the Janata Dal (United) Party legislators.
He was appointed as CM following the resignation of then CM Nitish Kumar, who had resigned from the post taking the responsibility of his party’s (JDU) dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
About Jitan Ram Manjhi
- Manjhi hails from Mahkar village in Gaya district. He is a legislator from the Makhdoompur assembly constituency in Jehanabad district.
- He was the third Dalit CM of Bihar after Bhola Paswan Shastri and Ram Sundar Das.
- Prior to his appointment as CM, Manjhi was SC/ST welfare minister in the Nitish Kumar cabinet.
Bihar government has decided to provide free education to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and girl students till Post Graduation (PG) level in the state.
This decision was taken at the state cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Now no fee will be taken from the SC/ST and girl students at the time of admission in government universities and colleges in state.
State government will reimburse the financial loss to such universities/colleges after admitting students as per this decision.
The move will cost the State exchequer Rs. 29 crore annually and benefit over four lakh students belonging to the three categories in the State.