Last Updated: October 02, 2023, 13:35 IST
Bihar government has released the data of the caste-based survey. As per the caste survey report, Among the total population size of 13,07,25,310, Bihar has 63 per cent people in Other Backward Class (OBC) and Extremely Backward Classes (EBC) category.
A little over 19 per cent people have been
As per the report:
OBC – 27.12%
Total population size= 13,07,25,310
Male to Female ratio: 1000:953
Patna High Court in August upheld Bihar’s caste survey. The first phase of this two-part survey, under which a household counting exercise was taken up, was conducted by the Bihar government in January this year.
A Bench of Chief Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice Partha Sarthy in August delivered the verdict on several petitions challenging the caste-based survey.
All petitions challenging Bihar government’s caste-based survey were dismissed. With the dismissal of all petitions, the interim stay on caste survey in Bihar which was granted by Patna HC order of May 4, got vacated.
The Patna High Court had on May 4 this year stayed the caste survey with immediate effect, asking the authorities to preserve the data collected so far. The court had noted that the survey was a census in the garb of a survey, the likes of which only the union government had the exclusive power to carry out under the Census Act, 1948.
The decision to conduct the caste survey was taken by the then NDA government in Bihar headed by Nitish Kumar in June last year. The JD(U) leader later dumped the BJP and formed the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ government with RJD, Congress and others.
The state government started its caste-based survey in Bihar on January 7. The project cost was estimated to be Rs 500 crore.