For upper caste poor Hindu and Muslim students the Bihar Government has recently announced to provide educational benefits and welfare schemes. The government would further issue cast certificates to those students who either belong to Hindu upper caste families (Rajpurs, Brahmins and Kayasthas) or Muslim upper caste families (Sheikh, Sayyed and Pathan).
The proposal for such new education schemes were projected by the Bihar State Upper Caste Commission. The commission has mentioned giving educational benefits to upper caste Hindu and Muslim families who are poor in their recommendations. They have recommended that the poor and talented students of the upper caste students should also get equal chances for higher studies and sharpen their education through benefits provided by the government. The Bihar government would undergo each of the proposals and recommendations made by the commission and try to implement them in phases.
The provision charts out that student whose family earns less than Rs. 1.5 lakh annually would be given Rs. 10,000 on passing Class 10 Board examination with a first division. Not only this, the commission also recommended to give away scholarships of Rs. 600 to Rs. 1800 annually to students of poor upper castes who belong to Class I to Class X. For the implementation of the schemes the government has allocated Rs. 100.12 crore in their budget, which would be implemented with immediate effect.
In order to collect the data of families of upper caste Hindu and Muslim families with that economic status, the Asian Development Research Institute has been given responsibility. They would conduct sample surveys and provide the data to Bihar government. Interestingly, the move have come from the government at a time when RJD, JD(U) and Congress has asked the Centre to reveal the caste census report.