Bihar seeking legal opinion on reservation for general category, but bound by SC's 50% cap, says Nitish Kumar

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Monday announced that his government will implement quotas for the economically-backward among the unreserved category after getting a legal opinion about the appropriate modalities.

Nitish said legal opinion was being sought as to whether the new quotas, which have been introduced through a recent constitutional amendment and are in addition to the existing reservations, could be brought about in the state through an executive order or an act passed in the legislature.

The JD(U) national president also said they are bound by the Supreme Court judgment, which has placed a cap of 50 percent on quotas for the socially and educationally backward, but added that he supported the demand for raising the limit to make reservations proportionate to the population of the respective caste groups.

Bihar seeking legal opinion on reservation for general category, but bound by SCs 50% cap, says Nitish Kumar

File image of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. PTI

Nitish made the statement on the sidelines of his weekly 'Lok Samvad' (public interaction) programme in Patna.

"But Opposition parties raising the demand have no idea on how to go about it. In my view, there should be a fresh census wherein the respective populations of social segments like SCs, STs and OBCs are taken into account. Based on its report, the nation can move towards ensuring proportional representation for the various castes," he added.

He said he was in favour of treating the extremely backward classes among the OBCs as a separate category at the national-level.

"In Bihar, we have done that. I understand that a committee has been set up at the Centre for similar classification of backward classes nationally," Nitish added.

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Updated Date: Jan 21, 2019 16:33:42 IST

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