Cabinet’s nod to OBC sub-categorisation
The union cabinet has approved a commission to oversee the sub-categorisation of other backward classes (obcs) for employment in central government services. it is being done with an intention to provide benefits to more categories under the obc which are at present being cornered by the dominant castes or creamy layer. There are about 5,000 castes in the central list of the obcs. “under Article 340 of the constitution, the President would be recommended to constitute a commission that would examine the central list of obc and sub-categorise it. The proposal is that there will be sub-categorisation within the obc list for the purposes of central government employment,” said Fm Arun Jaitley. so far there is no sub-categorisation in the central obc list. For now, states like Haryana, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Bihar, maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Puducherry, Karnataka and Tamil nadu have a sub-categorised obc list. However, bigger states like uttar Pradesh, madhya Pradesh and rajasthan have no such sub-categorisation.