Friday, June 26, 2009

Nitish QUOTA everywhere

The Economic Times reports :-

PATNA: In a move that will have a far reaching impact on the state polity and will further help strengthen the political position of the ruling
JD(U), the Bihar government has decided to open the doors of reservation for the OBCs, SCs and the STs in the state judicial services. The proposal to allow reservation to the socially neglected classes was approved by the state cabinet meeting which was held here on Thursday at the official residence of the chief minister. "This is a landmark decision which will now pave the way for the entry of the downtrodden and the socially backward class into the state judicial services. The demand was pending for years but the NDA government finally decided to take a call to fulfill the aspirations of the socially backward people" deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi told ET. As of now, no quota was fixed for any category in the higher judicial services. But henceforth the benefits of reservation will be made available for the SC, ST and OBC candidates in the higher judicial services. In case of the subordinate judicial services, the benefits of reservation were hitherto only available for the SC and ST candidates, now on the OBC candidates will also avail of reservation in state judicial services. The decision will have its political ramifications as it will help consolidate the backward caste vote bank of the ruling JD(U). The decision to provide reservation for the SCs and the STs in the higher judicial services will also help augment the political stock of the ruling NDA particularly the JD(U).