Today, the full report describing the economic condition of 215 Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and Extremely Backward Classes and the second part of the data from the Bihar government’s caste-based survey was tabled in the Bihar Assembly.
According to the comprehensive caste survey report, more than one-third of Bihar’s households were living in poverty and making ends meet with less than Rs 6,000 per month.
The survey states that over 42% of Bihar’s Scheduled Caste families live in poverty, compared to 25% of the general population. A little over 42.70% of Scheduled Tribe families in Bihar live in poverty.
33.16 percent of members of Other Backward Classes and 33.58 percent of members of Extremely Backward Classes are impoverished, according to the survey.
The poverty ratio was surprisingly high for the Bhumihars (27.58), believed to be the biggest land-owning caste of Bihar, who also dominated the state’s politics until the Mandal wave of the 1990s threw up a new power structure.
According to the Bihar-caste survey report, over 6 lakh people from the General category have government jobs, which amounts to 3.19 per cent of the total population.
About 4.99 per cent of Bhumihars in Bihar have government jobs while 3.60 per cent of Brahmins in Bihar are in government jobs.
People in government jobs from Rajput and Kayasth communities in Bihar comprise 3.81 per cent and 6.68 per cent respectively.
The Sheikh community has a share of 39,595 people in government jobs, which is 0.79 per cent, while the Pathan community has a share of 10,517 individuals in government jobs, which amounts to 1.07 per cent.
Out of the total Sayyed community in Bihar, 7,231 people are in government jobs.