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New commission to examine sub-categorization of OBCs: Arun Jaitley

By Chennabasaveshwar

The Union Cabinet has announced that a commission will be set up to examine sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) of India.

After the cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told media that the new commission will submit a report within 12 weeks once the chairperson is appointed.

New commission to examine sub-categorization of OBCs: Arun Jaitley

"It has been recommended that the Extremely Backward Classes should be grouped into a separate group which could include aboriginal tribes, vimukta jatis, nomadic and semi- nomadic tribes, wandering classes etc," the minister said.

The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has in its report to the government recommended sub-categorisation within the OBCs into three categories, reported PTI in July.

The Commission will be set up, under Article 340 of the Constitution, to examine the matter of sub-categorisation of OBCs.

Proposed terms of reference

  • 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.
  • To work out the mechanism, criteria, norms, and parameters, through a scientific approach, for sub-categorisation within such OBCs.
  • To take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes/communities/sub-castes/synonyms in the Central list of OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories

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