OBC sub-category in central list too

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 24, 2017

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley while informing about the cabinet decision said that a Commission will be formed to examine the matter of sub-categorisation of OBC for the purposes of the central government employment.

He noted that the extreme backward classes will be sub-classified naturally and that the Commission will submit its recommendations in 12 weeks.

The Union Minister also ruled out out any possibility to demonetise the newly introduced Rs. 2,000 currency notes.

A Group of Ministers have also recommended that the creamy layer be extended beyond the children of gazetted officers of the central government to children of Public Sector Utilities and university officials and teachers.

The layer has been pushed up every now and then since the cut was fixed at Rs one lakh in 1993.

The present ceiling of Rs six lakh came into being in 2013. The commission that will be created will examine "the extent of inequitable distribution" reservation benefits.

He further added that over 11 states in India including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, West Bengal and the Jammu region in Jammu and Kashmir already have such categorisation in state government jobs, however, there is no sub-categorisation in the central list. The Commission will take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes, sub-castes, communities and synonyms in the Central list of OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.

"Neither there is any proposal before the government, nor would there be a proposal (before it in the future)", Jaitley told a press conference on cabinet decisions.

He was asked whether the government will review the reservation system as suggested by Bhagwat.

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