Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, under intense attack from Opposition BJP, on Tuesday fulfilled a key election promise with his Cabinet giving the signal to 35 per cent reservation for women in state government jobs.
“The crucial decision was taken at the cabinet meeting today. There will now be provision for 35 per cent reservation to women of all categories in all kinds of government jobs,” said Brajesh Mehrotra, Principal Secretary (Cabinet).
This decision comes 10 years after Nitish Kumar unveiled 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayat and local body polls in 2006.
The Nitish Kumar government said the latest reservation decision now extends the scheme that is already in place for women in constable posts to other state government vacancies too. The cabinet also gave the go-ahead to rules paving way for the Right to Public Grievances Redressal Bill, which is likely to be implemented in May, a target set by the Chief Minister.
The Opposition BJP on Tuesday upped its attack on Nitish Kumar daring the "bechara Mukhyamantri" (helpless chief minister) to act against the ruling party MLAs allegedly involved in criminal activities to make it clear that "rule of law is prevalent in Bihar".
"Criminals have been emboldened after the secular alliance government of RJD, JD(U) and Congress came to power in the state. Many MLAs of ruling coalition have been booked for criminal activities but no action has been taken. Nitish Kumar has become a 'bechara Mukhyamantri' in front of such elements," senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi told reporters.
"People were earlier afraid of RJD due to Lalu Prasad but now JD(U) MLAs have also started showing their muscle power freely," the leader of opposition in legislative council said.
Modi's comments came in the wake of a JD(U) MLA's husband escaping from a police station as well as an FIR lodged against another JD(U) MLA Safaraz Alam for misbehaving with a couple on Rajdhani Express.
The first incident took place in Purnea where Awdesh Mandal, husband of JD(U) MLA Bima Bharti, escaped from Maranga police station lock up on Sunday night when Bharti and JD(U) MP Santosh Kushwaha were present in the police station. Mandal was arrested for allegedly threatening a murder case witness.
In the other incident, an FIR was lodged on Monday with Patna GRP against Alam, MLA from Jokihaat in Araria district, for allegedly abusing a couple on board Guwahati-Delhi Rajdhani Express on Sunday night.
Modi, who started his 'Janata Darbar' from Tuesday to hear complaints of people, dared the CM to act against these ruling party MLAs to back his claim that "rule of law is prevailing in Bihar'.