Fulfilling a key election promise, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has given green signal to 35 per cent reservation for women in state government jobs. The 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 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 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.
Mr. Kumar had frequently referred to his promise of reservation for women during the bitterly fought 2015 Assembly elections. But the Opposition BJP criticized the government for announcing “populist schemes that would not serve any purpose”.
“Nitish Kumar derides BJP by saying that we could only beat our chests in frustration for five years. But the CM saying that there is rule of law does not mean that there is rule of law in the state… The mandate to Nitish Kumar is to deliver on promises,” said BJP leader and former deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.