Tejashwi Yadav, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader, on Saturday hit out at Nitish Kumar-led government over its decision to grant jobs to kin of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) people killed in Bihar. Yadav said if government jobs will be given to kin of  SC and ST then “why shouldn’t the jobs be given to the kin of people of OBC or general category who are killed?” Substantiating his claim, Yadav said it was like “encouraging the murder of SC/ST people.”

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Talking about Bihar’s unemployment rate ahead of Bihar Assembly Polls, Yadav said, “Bihar’s unemployment rate is around 46%, one of the highest in India. Around 4.5 lakh posts are vacant in different departments of state govt. If given a chance, our govt will fill all the vacant posts & create new vacancies in proportion to population.”

Nitish Kumar, on September 4, ordered the disposal of pending cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by September 20.

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Kumar instructed Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare Department’s Secretary Prem Kumar Meena, to get in touch with officials of the concerned departments for speedy disposal of the cases.

The chief minister also issued direction to complete the investigation expeditiously and take necessary action against the laggards, it said.

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Kumar said this while addressing a meeting of state-level vigilance and monitoring committee which has been constituted under The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1995, which has been amended from time to time.

He addressed the meeting through video-conference from CM secretariat.