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Bihar Cabinet okays 35 per cent job reservation for women

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The Bihar cabinet formally approved 35 percent reservation for women in all government jobs in the state. The cabinet meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Decision was taken of reservation for women in all government jobs including reserved and unreserved category.

Soon after being sworn-in as chief minister in November 2015, Nitish Kumar reiterated his stand to provide 35 percent reservation for women. He also recalled that the state government is already providing 35 percent reservation for women in recruitment as police constables and sub-inspectors and 50 percent reservation as primary school teachers and in the Panchayati Raj system.

According to socio-political analysts, a large number of women cutting across caste and religion had voted for Nitish Kumar in the last assembly polls.In fact women voters outnumbered male voters in the five-phase Bihar assembly polls. They have emerged as a prominent vote bank - more powerful than the youth and caste factor in the state. Experts said this was a result of several schemes initiated by Nitish Kumar for women's empowerment including 50 percent posts in Panchayati Raj elections and primary school teachers’ recruitment for women and 35 percent of all police jobs for women.