Term of panel for OBC re­jig ex­tended

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The Gov­ern­ment on Satur­day ex­tended the term of a com­mis­sion ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent in Oc­to­ber to ex­am­ine sub-cat­e­gori­sa­tion of the Other Back­ward Classes (OBCs) by an­other 12 weeks.

It could not fin­ish its work by this year-end to en­able Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley in­cor­po­rate dif­fer­ent kinds of ben­e­fits to the OBCs in his Union Bud­get on February 1.

The com­mis­sion headed by re­tired Delhi High Court Chief Jus­tice G Ro­hini was sup­posed to give its re­port on Jan­uary 3, but its term now stands ex­tended to present its re­port by March 27, says a gazette no­ti­fi­ca­tion by the min­istry of social jus­tice.

The Union Cabi­net had de­cided in Au­gust to re-ex­am­ine the OBC reser­va­tion, 25 years af­ter im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Man­dal Com­mis­sion re­port bring­ing 27% reser­va­tion for all OBCs, soon af­ter Fi­nance Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley an­nounced to raise the creamy layer cri­te­ria from Rs 6 lakh an­nual in­come to Rs 8 lakh.

The core pur­pose of the com­mis­sion’s con­sti­tu­tion is to look at sub-cat­e­gori­sa­tion of around 5,000 castes on the cen­tral OBC list to en­sure “more eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion” of op­por­tu­ni­ties in cen­tral gov­ern­ment jobs and ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions.

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