Cabinet revises Creamy Layer income criteria to Rs 4.5 lakh

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) In a major relief to OBCs, the Cabinet today gave approval for revising the income criteria for 'creamy layer' from the present Rs 2.5 lakh per annum to Rs 4.5 lakh per year.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi said here today that the sons and daughters of persons belonging to the Other Backward Castes and having an annual income below Rs 4.5 lakh will not come under the Creamy Layer and will get the benefits of reservation for OBCs in direct recruitment in civil posts and services and admission in Central Educational Institutions.

The decision has been taken in keeping with the economic changes which have taken place since February 2004 when the income criteria was last revised.

In view of the Supreme Court verdict that people belonging to the Creamy Layer should not be given the reservation benefit, the Cabinet has apparently decided to raise the income limits so that the people availing the reservation facility at present could retain it.

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