NCEBC likely to submit its report within six months

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Patna, Nov 30 (UNI) The National Commission for Economically Backward Classes is likely to submit its report within six months on the measures to identify poor and steps required for their uplift.

Chairman of the Commission S R Sinho told reporters here that it had sent comprehensive questionnaire to all state governments for their reply to ascertain the criteria to be adopted for identification of the economically backwards.

He said the commission would recommend for only those who were not beneficiaries of reservation or any other welfare schemes of the government and added that Scheduled Castes(SCs), Scheduled Tribes(STs) and Other Backward Classess(OBCs) were not under its purview.

'' The commission will recommend reservation and other welfare schemes for economically backwards to facilitate their uplift,'' Mr Sinho said adding constitutional amendments would be required to implement the recommendations for reservations in government services.

Mr Sinho said that he alongwith other members of the commission had already visited Haryana and Uttar Pradesh and their cooperation to it was encouraging.''In Bihar, we had discussion with state energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav and he had assured that the state government would soon send its views to commission after detailed discussion,'' he added.

'' Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and Union steel and fertiliser Minister Ram Vilas Paswan had already favoured the reservation for economically backward classses'', Mr Sinho noted.

The commission would evolve the criteria for identication of the poor without being partial to any one, he said adding BPL, those not paying income tax and creamy layers are some of the bases under its consideration to work out a formula in this regard. He, however, admitted that conditions vary from one state to other states across the country and evolving a uniform measuring rod in this regard was really a herculean task.

UNI

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