Rs 4.6 Lakh cut off limit for creamy layer recommended to Centre

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New Delhi, Jul 1 (UNI) The National Commission for Backward Classes(NCBC) today submitted its report on creamy layer recommending a cut off limit of Rs 4.6 lakh for excluding the classes belonging to the income group and above from the benefit of reservation for Other Backward Clases (OBCs).

The Supreme Court, while upholding 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in higher educational institutions, had recently asked the Government to exclude the creamy layer, following which demands were made from several political parties and other organisations to increase the income limit for determining the layer in view of the increased cost of living in recent years.

The existing ceiling is at Rs 2.5 lakh per year.

The recommendations of the Commission were submitted to Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar by NCBC Chairman Justice (retd) S R Pandian and Members Dr Subba Somu, Ram Awadhesh Singh and Abdul Ali Azizi.

Earlier this month, the NCBC had called a meeting of chairmen of state backward classes commissions and their secretaries to discuss the matter and arrive at a final view.

The Commission had last month brought out a public notice to invite public views on what the revised limits should be.

Even before the Supreme Court judgement came on the contentious issue in March, the Government had entrusted the job of revising the creamy layer to the NCBC.

The decision of the Human Resource Development Ministry in 2006 to extend 27 per cent reservation to OBCs in institutions of higher learning like the IITs and IIMs had evoked country-wide protests from some quarters, following which the Centre had appointed an oversight committee on implementation of quota in these institutions.

The committee headed by Mr Veerappa Moily, suggested an increase in the general seats so as not to harm the prospects of general category candidates.

After the Moily Committee Report, Parliament passed legislation for extending the reservation which became an Act on January 1, 2007.

However, the Act was immediately challenged in court, which stayed its operation. In March this year, the Supreme Court in its final judgement upheld the Act, but said the creamy layer should be excluded from the benefit.

While some were expecting the government to file a review petition, it chose to go in for a redefinition of the creamy layer instead, which was demanded from various other quarters.

A number of political leaders and OBC representatives felt that the existing cut-off slab was not realistic in view of the sharp increase in the cost of living in recent years.

UNI NAZ SW RK1815

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