Bihar caste-based survey released; backward classes constitute 27 per cent of the state’s population
According to data from a caste-based survey released by the Bihar government, the state’s overall population comprises a population made up of a staggering 63% of other backward classes (OBCs), with extremely backward classes making up the largest socio-economic sector. The opposition INDIA bloc’s call for the completion of a comparable nationwide census is likely to get stronger following the release of the eagerly anticipated report ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, commended the entire team participating in the process shortly after the survey results were made public and promised that additional action would be taken in light of them for the growth and advancement of all parts of society.
Taking to X, Nitish Kumar wrote “Caste-based censuses not only identified castes but also provided data on everyone’s financial condition. The growth and advancement of all sections will be further pursued based on this,
It was described as a “historic moment” by the head of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a former Chief Minister.
“We are all now witnesses to this historic occasion on this Gandhi Jayanti. The Bihar government issued the caste-based survey today despite several BJP machinations, legal obstacles, and other conspiracies, the RJD leader said in a social media post.
Giriraj Singh, a union minister and senior member of the BJP, criticized the survey results as “eyewash” and demanded that Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav give evaluations of their 33 years of combined rule.
“Caste Census will only confuse the state’s poor and the general population.” The fact that Lalu Yadav ruled the state for 15 years and Nitish Kumar for 18 years without developing the state should have been noted on the report card. The caste census report card is nothing more than eyewash, according to the fiery BJP leader.
According to the survey, which was made public in Patna by Development Commissioner Vivek Singh, the Yadav OBC group—to which Tejashwi Yadav, the deputy chief minister, belongs—has the greatest number, making up 14.27% of the entire population.
The survey also states the extremely backward classes make up 36% of the state’s population while the backward classes make up 27%.
The population included in the survey is made up of 19.65% scheduled caste members and 1.68% scheduled tribe members, while the Kushwaha and Kurmi make up 4.27% and 2.87% of the population, respectively.
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