PATNA: The state government in Bihar in a significant move has granted 50 percent reservation to the backwards and dalits in the state judicial services.
The reservation will be applied in both in the superior and subordinate judicial services.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet held under the chairmanship of chief minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday evening.
As per the decision, 21 percent seats will be reserved for the extremely backward castes, 12 percent for backward castes, 16 percent for Scheduled castes and one percent for the Schedules Tribe.
“The state government has decided to implement the reservation in judicial services after the recent Supreme Court judgment,” general administration department’s principal secretary DS Gangwar told the media today.
“We are wondering why the reservation has not been made for the backward and extremely backward castes so far,” a judge Rajendra Prasad was quoted as saying in a local newspaper.
Right now, nine Indian states have granted reservation in judicial services, which include Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bengal, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Haryana, according to media reports.