Patna, November 8 (Language) Bihar Cabinet on Tuesday proposed to increase the reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Extremely Backward Classes (EBS) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) from the existing 50 percent to a total of 75 percent. passed.
A bill on this will be brought in the House during the current session of Bihar Legislature.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar gave a statement in this regard while concluding the discussion on the caste survey report presented in the Assembly on Tuesday.
Kumar’s announcement comes a few months before the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2024.
The proposal proposes to increase reservation for OBCs and EBS from 30 per cent to 43 per cent combined, for Scheduled Castes (SC) from 16 per cent to 20 per cent and for Scheduled Tribes (ST) from 1 per cent to 2 per cent.
Reservation for EWS will remain the same as the existing 10 percent.
The caste survey report revealed that the total population of the state is 13.07 crore of which OBC (27.13 per cent) and Extremely Backward Class sub-group (36 per cent) account for 63 per cent, while SCs and STs together constitute a little more than 21 per cent. .
According to the report tabled in the Assembly by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary, there are about 2.97 crore families in the state, of which more than 94 lakh (34.13 per cent) have a monthly income of Rs 6,000 or less.
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