Bihar CM Nitish Kumar Friday said his government is considering bringing a domicile policy that would enable reservation of jobs for residents of the state.
“There is a growing chorus for bringing a domicile policy in Bihar. Earlier, people moved from one state to another for jobs but of late, situation has started changing and people want jobs in their home state. We are actively considering it and will seek consensus on it”.
Nitish’s statement comes a day after Lalu Prasad, chief of Grand Alliance partner RJD, said he would speak to the CM. “We want people of the state to stay and work here,” he had said. Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav too said: “People of Bihar should be the first beneficiaries of any government vacancies”.
Demand for a domicile policy was triggered after Bihar Public Service Commission announced 1,500 vacancies for the assistant professor post. The state government is yet to notify the amended UGC norm that allows those who got PhD degrees as per pre-2009 norms to apply for the post. Since most Bihar students got degrees under pre-2009 norms, applicants from other states may get the coveted job.
BJP legislature party leader Sushil Kumar Modi said the party fully supports the demand for a domicile policy. “But, the state government should first notify the amended UGC provisions. Otherwise, even bringing a domicile policy won’t help people. If Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar are serious about bringing the policy, they should stop the ongoing appointment process of assistant professors and notify the new UGC norms”.