Patna, November 7 (Language) During the discussion on the detailed caste survey report presented in the Bihar Assembly on Tuesday, there was a heated exchange between the ruling party and opposition leaders and both were seen trying to take credit for the exercise.
The Bihar government presented the second part of the report and caste-based survey data on the economic condition of 215 Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and Extremely Backward Classes in the Assembly on Tuesday.
Presenting the report in the state assembly, Bihar Finance Minister Vijay Kumar Chaudhary said, “The successful completion of the caste survey exercise is a major achievement of the grand alliance government.” The Center should learn a lesson from us.
Initiating the discussion soon after the caste survey report was presented in the House, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijay Kumar Sinha said, “The foundation of this caste-based survey was laid during the NDA rule in the state. BJP members supported the proposal of caste survey. BJP is always in favor of the welfare of the poor.
Sinha said, “BJP never opposed the caste survey but when the report came…, the way the report was prepared, it was full of inconsistencies. The government did not provide information about those who are unemployed. Why is the government silent on the issue of unemployment? Congress, which is part of the grand alliance government, did not give constitutional status to the Other Backward Classes Commission (OBC). BJP always works for the welfare of backward classes and women. Our Prime Minister is from OBC category. Questions are also being raised regarding the figures of extremely backward people.
He said that if the Grand Alliance government is really concerned about the well-being of this community, then they should declare someone from this community as the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister.
Senior BJP MLA Nand Kishore Yadav said, “The decision to conduct the caste survey was taken during the NDA rule in the state. There are many discrepancies in the report, which need to be clarified. First of all the figures should have been given panchayat wise. Moreover, the government has claimed that the literacy rate has increased in the state, but seats for extremely backward classes have remained vacant, what about this?”
Yadav said that the report says that the total number of people who have passed 12th is 9.19 percent of the total population…this is shocking. Similarly, the total number of graduates in the state is only 6.11 percent. So, how will the vacancies be filled with this data?
Former Chief Minister of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi, while participating in the discussion, alleged wrong figures and targeted the Grand Alliance government.
He said, “We want to thank Nitish Kumar for the caste-based survey. According to the report, more than 45 percent of the people of Musahar community in Bihar are rich and 46 percent of the people of Bhuiya community are also rich. Congratulations to Nitish ji for this. I am asking Minister of State Vijay Kumar Chaudhary to visit the village from where the data was collected. If we get more than one percent of the Musahar and Bhuiya communities rich, I will leave politics.
Participating in the discussion, CPI(ML) MLA Ajit Kushwaha said, “We all thank the Grand Alliance government and our Chief Minister for bringing this report, but I would like to say one thing that the report should also have the data of those people.” Those who are landless in the state are needed.
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