The Rashtriya Janata Dal on Thursday hailed the decision by the Nitish Kumar-led government in Bihar to set aside a 50 percent quota for backward castes and classes in all government contracts, terming it a ‘welcome step’.
“I must say that any government that wishes to have an inclusive agenda as a primary objective will see this as a welcome step and not only Bihar, but other governments should also make sure that they follow the same message,” RJD leader Manoj Jha said.
Jha also found no fault with Nitish’s ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ campaign, stating that it was meant to merely highlight the achievements of the Bihar government.
“The programme is to highlight the achievements of the government in Bihar. The RJD believes that they are an independent party and can do as they please; we extend them our good wishes,” he said.
Earlier this week, the Bihar government reserved a 50 percent quota for OBC, EBC, SCs and STs in all government contracts up to Rs 15 lakh, and removed the mandatory 75 percent attendance cap for students to avail benefits of the state’s uniform and bicycle schemes.