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Bihar Govt Passes Bills To Increase Caste Quota From 50% To 65%

The reservation bill increasing the scope of reservation in Bihar to 75 percent was passed by the Assembly on Thursday.

Bihar Assembly on Thursday approved the proposal to increase the existing limit of reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Extremely Backward Classes (EBC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) from 50 percent to 65 percent.

The bills proposing to increase the reservation of these classes in educational institutions and government jobs were passed unanimously by the Assembly through voice vote.

While presenting the bill, Nitish Kumar said that the decision was taken with the consent of the parties. Earlier there was 50 percent reservation, then the Center gave 10 percent for EWS. We implemented that also. Now it has been increased by 15 percent more. After this, 75 percent reservation has been achieved in the state.

According to the bill, the existing reservation for ST will be doubled while for SC it will be increased from 16 percent to 20 percent. At the same time, reservation for EBC will be increased from 18 percent to 25 percent and reservation for OBC will be increased from 12 percent to 15 percent.

Earlier, members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Assembly created a ruckus over several other issues including the alleged controversial remarks made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav regarding women, due to which the proceedings of the House were adjourned till 2 pm. Has been done.

Officials said that the opposition members created ruckus near the Asan and they came close to the ruling party members. The members creating ruckus also lifted the chairs during this time. 

Assembly Speaker Avadh Bihari Chaudhary ordered that the names of the members creating ruckus in the House be noted. He said action would be taken against him ‘for attempting to damage public property’. Chaudhary adjourned the proceedings shortly after the House began at 11 am.

Leader of Opposition in the House Vijay Kumar Sinha told reporters, ‘We wanted the House to function and we were expecting a debate on the proposed amendments on some bills but the ruling party seemed to be in an aggressive mood.’ Sinha alleged that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is known for anarchy (jungle raj) and this has ‘affected other members of the ruling grand alliance as well.’

He alleged, ‘Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also did not remain affected by this. The rude language he used inside the House is the effect of his company.

The BJP leader claimed, ‘Bihar now has the distinction of being the only state where the Chief Minister had to apologize for his indecent comments about women. ‘

Minister Shravan Kumar, one of the Chief Minister’s key aides, told the BJP that their (BJP’s) record with respect to women has been bad. He said that the allegations leveled by the wrestlers against his MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and the Manipur incident are enough to make it clear that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MLA Satyendra Kumar Yadav had called for creating ruckus inside the House on such a day. Condemned the opposition, when the bill to increase reservation for SC, ST and OBC was on the agenda.

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