In pursuance of the direction of the Supreme Court in the Indira Sahni case judgment, the Govt. of Bihar enacted the State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993 (Act No. 12 of 1993) for setting up a State Commission for Backward Classes at Bihar State as a permanent body. This commission is a independent body, comes under Personnel and Administrative Reforms Department of Bihar Government.
Backward Classes of Citizens means the class or classes of citizens who are socially and educationally backward as may be notified by the Government in the Bihar Gazette from time to time.
The functions of the Commission are:
|(2)||The advice of the Commission shall ordinarily be binding upon the State Government.|
Powers of Commission
The Commission shall, while performing its functions under sub-section (1) of section 9, have all the powers of a civil court trying a suit and in particular, in respect of the following matters, namely:
|(a)||summoning and enforcing the attendance of any person from any part of India and examining him on oath;|
|(b)||requiring the discovery and production of any document;|
|(c)||receiving evidence on affidavits;|
|(d)||requisitioning any public record or copy thereof from any court of office;|
|(e)||issuing commissions for the examination of witnesses and documents; and|
|(f)||any other matter which may be prescribed.|
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