Nitish Kumar keeps election promise, rolls out 35 percent reservation for women

In the latest decision, the government said, the 35 per cent reservation extended to women on posts of police constable would now be extended to cover other state government vacancies, too.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: January 20, 2016 9:23 am
Decision taken at Bihar cabinet meeting Tuesday. (File Photo) Decision taken at Bihar cabinet meeting Tuesday. (File Photo)

Fulfilling a key election promise of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Bihar cabinet today gave the green signal to 35 per cent reservation for women in state government jobs.

“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).

The decision marked Nitish’s first big step in this direction in nearly 10 years after unveiling 50 per cent reservation for women in panchayat and local body polls in 2006.

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In the latest decision, the government said, the 35 per cent reservation extended to women on posts of police constable would now be extended to cover other state government vacancies, too.

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.

Nitish had frequently referred to his promise of reservation for women during the bitterly fought 2015 Assembly elections.

But the Opposition BJP criticised 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.

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    rakesh srivastava
    Feb 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm
    but in uttar pradesh it is only 20% very sad
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      Dv
      Jan 20, 2016 at 2:34 am
      Fragmentation of the country continues.
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        George
        Jan 20, 2016 at 1:48 am
        thanks Nitishji not being like jumla party
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          GK
          Jan 20, 2016 at 1:50 am
          This is a great step by Nitish for Bihar! Hopefully, other Indian states and indeed the central government will now repeat this!
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            MapilGarma
            Jan 20, 2016 at 5:12 am
            Nithish should dare to ban nepotism in bihar by expelling Lallu's 2 s working with him to complete the team of 3 s
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              MapilGarma
              Jan 20, 2016 at 4:08 am
              Nithish should give reservations for CM post and minsiters as well...
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                MyTake
                Jan 20, 2016 at 12:39 am
                Competing on good ground is good. This will take lazy ones out of the race. There should be more and more delivery and service to empower the people.
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                  arvind
                  Jan 20, 2016 at 4:30 am
                  Very nice.. thats women empowerment.
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                    arvind
                    Jan 20, 2016 at 4:32 am
                    abe naam ki to izzat rakh le.. naam Ram hai aur baatein pappu jaisi kar rha hai..
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                      arvind
                      Jan 20, 2016 at 4:31 am
                      ghanshyam.. do u think bhakts will understand the good work done by other party memebrs?? :D thats why they are called as andh bhakts.
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                        arvind
                        Jan 20, 2016 at 4:33 am
                        ye gujrati phapda lg rha hai.. Dev model of gujrat ka developed chootya.
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                          Bijan Mohanty
                          Jan 20, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                          Nitish is committed to his electoral promises unlike Modi who forgets all promises after coming to power.
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                            Bijan Mohanty
                            Jan 21, 2016 at 8:39 am
                            Modiji flourishes on publicity stunts only.
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                              Karunakaran
                              Jan 21, 2016 at 10:23 pm
                              India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
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                                Karunakaran
                                Jan 20, 2016 at 1:09 am
                                The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, and his equally uneducated cabinet colleagues are letting down India very badly. They have no education. They have no abilities to prevent the free-fall of India's economy. In the past India was fortunate to have such genius economists as Mr Manmohan Singh. But the 31% of the voters who brought the dokhla-bhai to power have created a huge problem for India. India must prepare itself for the next Lok Sabha elections. Send the selfie-chaser Gujjubhai back to selling chai and dokhla at the railway stations. India must get ready to welcome Mr Nitish Kumar as the next PM. Mr Nitish Kumar has cl and substance. The crouching, dokhla-eating Gujjubhai whose chin touches his chest, is only good to run after the goras for selfies, and provide photoshopped black to pink images of himself to the media. Is is purely disgusting. Even the political leaders of Nepal and Maldives are too dignified to run after the goras for selfies.
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                                  Kaliyug
                                  Jan 19, 2016 at 11:39 pm
                                  Lalloo will have nine kids in the government job claiming to be women.
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                                    GIDDY
                                    Jan 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                                    In Bihar embly polls, Women voters turned out to vote in larger number for Nitish.. At the same time Women voters turned out to vote in larger number against Modi in Rural Gujarat Civic polls as he neglected farmers and poor......Nitish Kumar, should be the futre PM of India.....From April onwards, Ban on liquor will come into effect which Bihar women fokls are expecting eagerly...
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                                      GIDDY
                                      Jan 20, 2016 at 2:19 pm
                                      True...Not even a whisper about Black Money so far...and diluted the OROP promise to ex-servicemen....Only dead Bank accounts of Jan Dhan Scheme and Personlity Publicity andPermanent Tv camera feeding os Swachh Bharat....."Make in India' was introduced so that So many scams were'Made in India"
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                                        GIDDY
                                        Jan 20, 2016 at 2:41 pm
                                        Nitish , a real man of action.like Kejriwal...But Modi...empty words....empty words...false promises...
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                                          ghanshyam
                                          Jan 20, 2016 at 3:15 am
                                          And RSs is contributing in uniting!!!!!!!! Ha ha ha..... Great step towards woman empowerment in Bihar, a state which was lagging so behind . Great Job Nitish ji, Cycle Yojana, Poshak Yojana, Reservation in local bodies, u r truly trying to liberate half of the society successfully, those who are bhakts, very conservative and not from Bihar cannot understand the kind of situation u are in and efforts being made by u. Heart felt thanks
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                                            ghanshyam
                                            Jan 20, 2016 at 3:34 am
                                            As good as Punjabi samosa lol
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