Cabinet approval for panel to study quotas within OBC quota

The Union Office today approved the creation of a commission to examine the sub-categorization of nearly 5,000 castes in the central list of other backward classes (CBOs) to ensure “equitable distribution” of reserves in jobs and Educational institutions of the central government.

“Under article 340 of the Constitution, the President is recommended to establish a commission to examine the CBO central list and to classify the subcategories.

The proposal is that there will be a sub-classification on the OBC list for central government use, “Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said after a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Indian Express was reported for the first time on August 14 this proposal proposed by the government. In announcing that the Cabinet approved the proposal submitted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Jaitley said that the former National Committee of Backward Classes (NCBC) and a Standing Parliamentary Committee had recommended such sub-classification. “We have accepted after a consultation between the services,” he said.

Jaitley said the intent is to ensure a “more equitable distribution among the CBOs themselves” so that those who remain in the broader ranks in each state will be able to reap benefits for the community. Once the chairman of the new Commission has been appointed, he will have 12 weeks to present his report.

Its attributions include consideration of “the extent of unequal distribution of benefits” between the OBC in reference to the central list. It will also develop a scientific methodology and classify OBC into subcategories.

In its March 2015 report, the former NCB under justice Eswaraiah advocated sub-categorization within the CBO. Citing Article 14, the report noted that no equal can not be treated equally and should be brought in line with the advanced classes.

He had asked for a sub-categorization within the OBC in very advanced classes (‘A’ Group), the most advanced classes (Group ‘B’) and the backward classes (Group ‘C’). The decision of the Government is likely to be supported by this suggestion.

By 2015, NCBC had also requested government approval to carry out the exercise “to prevent overflow so that one or two of these classes do not eat the entire quota leaving other backward classes high and dry.”

He said that the ICSSR should be surrounded by studying the lists of states based on traditional occupation and social, educational and economic backwardness.

At present, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Haryana, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, and the Jammu region, a sub-categorization as their OBC list for employment in state government .

However, there is no sub-categorization in some of the larger states, such as Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Similarly, there is no sub-categorization in the central OBC list.

Cabinet approval for panel to study quotas within OBC quota

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