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Bihar approves reservation for contractual postings

Bihar approved reservation in outsourced contractual appointments made by the State government. The decision was taken in the State cabinet meeting attended by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his ministerial colleagues.

Later, addressing media persons, Principal Cabinet Secretary Brajesh Mehrotra said, “The reservation policy would be implemented while hiring outsourced employees, including computer executives, IT assistants, drivers, peons and others.”

He added that SCs (Scheduled Caste), STs (Scheduled Tribe), OBCs (Other Backward Class), EBCs (Economically Backward Class), physically challenged people, women and all other categories entitled to reservation would be given the benefit of reservation as per rules.

“Besides, there will also be reservation in appointments of doctors, engineers, teachers and other posts on a contractual basis by the State government,” he said

The State Cabinet approved a total of 11 proposals in the meeting, including the allocation of Rs.150.64 crore for the setting up of eight Bihar Military Police training centres, where 8,000 newly recruited police personnel, including women, will be trained; Rs.52 crore for makeshift tent cities in Patna for the closing ceremony of the Prakash Parv (the year-long celebration for the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh); and approval for creating 70 posts for teaching staff and 76 posts for non-teaching ones at two newly-approved polytechnics in the West Champaran and Aurangabad districts.

 On the government’s decision to approve reservation for outsourced employees, Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MLA Shakti Yadav said ,“Only a declaration will not serve the purpose… the government has to implement it also, which is doubtful… this Nitish Kumar government is a government known for only making populist declarations.