Bihar government gives nod to 50 per cent quota in judicial services
The reservation will include 21 per cent for EBCs, 12 per cent for OBCs, 16 per cent for SCs and one for STs.
In what is being called a "historic decision," Bihar government on Tuesday approved 50 per cent reservation in the state’s judicial services with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Cabinet clearing the Bihar Uchcha Nyayik Seva (Sansodhan) Niymawali, 2016, and Bihar Asainik Seva (Sansodhan) Niymawali, 2016.
Interestingly, this means that 50 per cent quota would be implemented in the appointment of both services conducted by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) to fill the posts of Judicial Magistrates and Munsif Magistrates and appointments conducted by the Patna High Court to fill the posts of Additional District and Sessions Judges.
General Administration Department Principal Secretary Dharmendra Singh Gangwar said, “In the light of the Supreme Court judgment of September 2016, in the State of Bihar vs Dayanand Singh case, the state cabinet decided to grant 50 per cent reservation in subordinate and superior judicial services for direct appointment after due consultation with the Patna High Court and Bihar Public Service Commission .”
He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretariat Department Principal Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra where he informed that the reservation will include 21 per cent for EBCs, 12 per cent for OBCs, 16 per cent for SCs and one for STs.
It has been further said that there will be 35 per cent reservation for women in all categories under existing policy. Earlier, there was a provision for 27 per cent reservation in subordinate services and no quota in superior services. Currently, there are about 1,100 vacancies in both categories, said officials.
It is to be noted that posts under subordinate services include judicial magistrates and munsif magistrates. Furthermore, Superior services include additional and district judges.
The BPSC had on August 13 conducted preliminary tests to fill the posts of 29th Bihar Judicial Services (Lower Division and Senior Division).