The Bihar government has tabled the full report of its caste-based survey, which sheds light on the economic conditions of 215 Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes, and Extremely Backward Classes in the state. The detailed report, presented in the Bihar Assembly, highlights that over a third of families in Bihar are living in poverty, with a monthly income of Rs 6,000 or less. The survey data reveals significant disparities, with 42% of Bihar's families from Scheduled Castes classified as poor, and 25% of people from the General category facing economic hardship. Additionally, 42.70% of Bihar's Scheduled Tribe families are also living in poverty.
The report further indicates that 33.16% of individuals from Other Backward Classes and 33.58% from Extremely Backward Classes in Bihar are grappling with poverty. Surprisingly, the Bhumihars, considered one of the largest land-owning castes in the state, face a poverty ratio of 27.58%. The survey also provides insights into government job statistics, revealing that over 6 lakh people from the General category hold government jobs, accounting for 3.19% of the total population.
The report includes data on government job status for various communities in Bihar, such as the Yadav, Kushwaha, Kurmi, Tradesman, Surjapuri Muslims, Bhaant, and Malik Muslims, among others. Moreover, the survey highlights that more than 50 lakh Biharis reside outside the state, with a substantial number working in other states and abroad.