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State Backward Classes Commission meets district authorities

Jamshedpur, April 28: A team of Jharkhand Backward Classes Commission on Thursday held meetings with district administrative officials demanding the inclusion of communities in extremely backward class category.

Led by chairman of the commission Justice (Retired) Loknath Prasad, member secretary Kamal John Lakra and member Kamlesh Keshav Mahto, the team arrived at Jamshedpur from Chaibasa and conducted meetings at the Circuit House.

The commission members met the Jamshedpur BDO Parul Singh and land revenue deputy collector (LRDC) East Singhbhum Akhilesh Kumar at the Circuit House.

The chairman Loknath Prasad said that there have been demands over inclusion of some communities following which they have called a meeting today.

“People from Barhai and Tamoli communities had come before the commission few months back expressing a need for representation in government jobs and educations and sought inclusion in extremely backward class category in OBC,” the chairman said.

He added that they had put forth their stand with proof about their education status, percentage in government jobs and population in different districts of the state and demanded inclusion in the extremely backward class from simply backward class.

“We are meeting with district officials and visiting different districts to know the ground reality and would be handing a report before the state personnel and administrative reform department by June this year,” the chairman of the commission informed.

Incidentally, the commission members had visited Chaibasa (in West Singhbhum district) on Wednesday and after the meetings with authorities in Jamshedpur, they will go to Dhanbad, Palamau, Chatra and Hazaribagh.

“We are working under a plan. We have identified some districts as they contain populace of these two communities. We are meeting administrative officials and also conducting field visits and meeting with community officials in the districts. We are taking a feed back. Only after compiling the statistics gathered from our visit we will be submitting our report along with our recommendation to the state government,” the chairman added.

In may be mentioned that the Bihar Government recently included both the communities in the extremely backward class earlier this year. The demand has started in Jharkhand too.

After inclusion in the extremely backward class a community member can avail of 8 percent reservation in government job while in only backward class it can have only 6 percent reservation.

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