Bihar Assembly Gives Green Signal to 10 percent EWS Quota Bill, and 6 Other Bills

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
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The Bihar Assembly on Monday passed a bill to provide 10 percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for the economically weaker sections (EWS) from the general category. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while tabling the Bill in the state assembly said the state government has decided to implement the 10 percent quota for EWS on the lines of the central government.

As per the Bill, the 10 percent quota will be extended to Economically Weaker Section from the unreserved category in addition to the existing 50 percent reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and the Other Backward Classes, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said.

A notification would soon be issued after framing rules on the criteria for consideration of EWS, the CM said.

The State Government on Monday also passed a total of seven Bills, including one to regulate all kinds of fees fixed by private schools in Bihar. The Bihar Private School (Fee Regulation) Bill, 2019, tabled by Education Minister Krishnandan Prasad Verma, caps the fees at seven percent over the last academic session.

The fees include the amount charged for admission, readmission, development, monthly tuition, uniform, and transportation, among other

Earlier in the day, Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) members created a ruckus in the House, demanding the resignation of Nitish Kumar over an order passed by a special POCSO court at Muzaffarpur last week, in connection with a shelter home case.

READ: Special POCSO Court Orders CBI Probe Against Bihar CM Nitish Kumar In Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case

Earlier this month on February 1, Bihar State Cabinet approved the Centre’s scheme of 10 percent reservation for economically weaker general candidates in government jobs and educational institutions in the state. The state government had two options – to implement it through an executive quota or through a bill. It chose the latter.

The Lok Sabha on January 8 had cleared the way for 10percent EWS quota Bill. Rajya Sabha, on the last day of winter session also passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019 with 165 ‘ayes’ that seeks to provide reservation to upper caste while 7 voted against the bill.

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