Creamy layer in­come cap for OBCS raised to ₹8 lakh per an­num

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NEW DELHI: The ‘creamy layer’ ceil­ing for OBC reser­va­tion has been raised to Rs 8 lakh from the ex­ist­ing Rs 6 lakh per year, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial or­der is­sued Wed­nes­day.

This means that chil­dren of per­sons hav­ing a gross an­nual in­come of Rs 8 lakh or above for a pe­riod of three con­sec­u­tive years would fall un­der the creamy layer cat­e­gory and would not be en­ti­tled to the ben­e­fit of reser­va­tion avail­able to Other Back­ward Classes.

“It has now been de­cided to raise the in­come limit from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh per an­num for de­ter­min­ing the creamy layer among the Other Back­ward Classes,” the or­der is­sued by Depart­ment of Per­son­nel and Train­ing (DOPT) said.

In 1993, the limit was kept at Rs 1 lakh. It was raised thrice -- to Rs 2.5 lakh in 2004, Rs 4.5 lakh in 2008 and Rs 6 lakh in 2013.

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley had on Au­gust 23 an­nounced that the Union Cab­i­net had been for­mally ap­prised of the de­ci­sion to in­crease the limit for cen­tral govern­ment jobs. He had said Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi had hinted in As­sam that the bar defin­ing creamy layer would be raised.

The So­cial Justice and Em­pow­er­ment Min­istry had pro­posed that OBC fam­i­lies which earn more than Rs 8 lakh per year should be un­der the creamy layer cat­e­gory.

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