OBC sub-catagorisation to benefit most backward sections: Paswan

OBC sub-catagorisation to benefit most backward sections: Paswan

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the setting up of a panel to examine the sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), in a move that might have huge political ramifications for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The cabinet also made a decision to raise creamy layer criterion for OBC from Rs. 6 lakh to 8 lakh.

To examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefit of reservation among caste/communities included in the broad category of OBC, with reference to OBC included in Central list.

According to ANI, the proposed commission will submit its report within 12 weeks from the day a chairperson is appointed. The committee will also identify communities, castes, and sub-castes as per the Central list to categorise into sub-castes. Citing Article 14, the report had noted that un-equals can not be treated equally and have to be brought on par with advanced classes.

Promising sub-categorization within the OBCs could dilute the benefits now cornered by dominant caste groups like the Yadavs.

Frank Noronha also added the video of the cabinet briefing on the decision in his tweet.

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Nine States of the country viz., Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Karnataka, Haryana, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have already carried out sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes.

The BJP also moved on with a legislation to grant constitutional status to the OBC Commission but which was derailed by the Opposition.

The creamy layer announcement is to allow more people to be eligible to avail of the 27% reservation benefits in government jobs and educational institutions.

This could affect educationally and socially advanced communities within the backward classes like the Yadavs, who have benefited from the policy of positive discrimination brought by the Mandal Commission recommendation over the past three decades.

In its proposal, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had cited the landmark 1992 Supreme Court order in the Indira Sawhney vs Union of India case, which said that there is no Constitutional bar to a state further classifying backward classes based on degrees of social backwardness.

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