Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) chief Nitish Kumar said today that reservation should be provided to backward classes in the private sector also. Nitish suggested that a national debate needs to be held on the topic to take it forward. Nitish’s statement may be good news for the backward classes, but it is most likely to be criticized by other people. Experts feel that instead of providing reservation, the government should provide other alternatives such as free education for economically weaker sections of the society. The classification of the society needs to be done on the basis of financial background and not on the caste system, which is an old system and has lost its relevance.
The kids and youth from poor families should be provided free education, so that they can compete with others who are financially sound. However, considering the deep rooted caste system in the country, it appears that it will take several more years to eradicate such biases. Meanwhile, Nitish’s views on providing reservation in the private sector have been supported by Hukumdev Narayan, who is a BJP MP. Narayan said that he supports Nitish’s views and appreciates his courage to bring up the issue for discussion. Nitish also talked about GST and said that opposition parties are unnecessarily criticizing GST. He said that GST was planned at the time of UPA regime and now the Congress itself is criticizing it.