PATNA: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has said that the quota for SC and ST could rise after the 2021 Census.He said that After the 2021 Census, the quota for SCs and STs may be hiked, in keeping with the rise in their population. This would provide greater opportunities to these groups.
Kumar said this at Bagaha in West Champaran district, where he was attending a function organised by the members of the “Tharu” tribe. “During my tours of the state, I often face people from the depressed classes, who say that the existing quota is not sufficient. I can only say that a hike in it is not in the state government’s hands, though the next census may pave the way for the same,” Mr Kumar said.
Nitish Kumar’s remarks received praise from leaders of his party and was also backed by BJP but was dismissed by Congress and RJD.
RJD spokesman Mrityunjay Tiwari alleged that the CM was “playing a trick” to win back the Dalits, whom he had “angered by siding with the BJP”. “If he is really serious about the SCs and STs, why does he not put pressure on the BJP, which is his ally and also in power at the Centre, to make public the report of the caste-based census, a demand that RJD supremo Lalu Prasad has been raising for long,” he said.