PATNA: With the next assembly elections in Bihar barely a year away, the main opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) in Bihar has gone on frequently raising the issue of reservation to get the support of the politically significant weaken sections of the society.
The RJD has been constantly highlighting how the Other Backward Castes (OBCs)and the Dalits are being ignored in government jobs.
In a fresh move, senior RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav has accused the Bihar government of denying job opportunities to the candidates from Backward Castes (BC) in recruitment of pharmacists in government hospitals.
Tejashwi who happens to be the younger son of jailed RJD president Lalu Yadav has also tweeted about an advertisement issued by the State Health Committee seeking Online applications for 1,311 posts of pharmacists.
Of the total 1,311 for which applications were sought, no post has been reserved for Backward Castes (BC) whereas 284 posts have been reserved for the Scheduled castes (SC), 20 for Scheduled Tribes (ST), 244 for Most Backward Castes (MBC), 131 for Economically Weaker Section (EWS) and 56 for the WBC.
Likewise, two percent of the total posts advertised has been kept reserved for the kin of freedom fighters and four percent for the disabled. Of them, 576 have been kept Unreserved.
Tejashwi has now slammed the government for ignoring BC candidates in jobs. “This is the broad daylight goondaism of Nitish Kumar and denial of justice to the socially weaker class. Out of 1,311 posts advertised for pharmacists, there is not a single vacancy for the Backward Castes,” charged Tejashwi.
He alleged the chief minister had taken a contract from the RSS/BJP to eliminate the poor, reservation and the constitution.
Denying such allegations, the JD-U said the RJD had been raising the matter since it is facing scarcity of issues.
Earlier, Tejashwi had targeted the Centre for denying jobs to the poor in top offices.
“The intention of RSS/BJP over reservation is not good. Debates should start over why 80 percent posts of reserved categories in central government jobs are vacant?” he had asked.
He also wondered over how there is not a single secretary in central government department from the OBC/EBC categories and no vice-chancellor from SC/ST/OBC.